A portrait of former Chief U.S. District Judge Ralph E. Tyson, who died last year, was unveiled Friday in Baton Rouge at the Russell B. Long Federal Building and Courthouse.
The oil work was donated by the local chapter of the Federal Bar Association in honor of Tyson’s 13 years on the federal bench, nearly six of which were served as chief of the eight-parish Middle District of Louisiana.
Renowned artist Janie Emery, whose works include several that are archived in the library of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, was present for the ceremony, as were about 150 family members, friends, lawyers, judges and court workers.
U.S. District Judge James J. Brady told the audience everyone who knew Tyson appreciates “this portrait that will
forever let people know that this great man walked these halls.”
Brady described Emery’s work as “a wonderful tribute to a wonderful, wonderful man.”
Chris Tyson, an LSU law professor and the judge’s eldest son, said family members “are proud that this portrait will hang here for generations to come.”