Julian T. White was the first Black professor at LSU and the second licensed architect in the state of Louisiana. A new mural in the Design Building was added in his honor.

After teaching from 1971 to 2003, White retired and passed away from cancer in 2011.

The college commissioned a mural in White’s memory with the help of his family and the Walls Project.

White’s influence helped open the doors of LSU to students of all races and backgrounds.

The grand mural depicts White standing on the balcony of Atkinson Hall, teaching and leading a procession of diverse students.

Alkis Tsolakis is the dean of the College of Art and Design. He explains how the mural motivates LSU faculty members to continue White's legacy.

“It inspires those of us who work here as professionals and administrators to support the cause of opening up the gates of this place to everyone,” Tsolakis said.

Artist Robert Dafford was hired to bring the project to life. He is globally recognized for his work and has completed more than 500 murals.

The atrium of the Design Building marks the center of campus and can be visited by students at any time.