Jesse N. Stone Lecture Hall
The Jesse N. Stone, Jr. Lecture Hall houses the University Auditorium, the Music Department, the J. Bennett Johnston, Jr. Video Conference Classroom, and faculty and staff offices.
Stone Hall is named after the fourth President of the Southern University System. Dr. Stone graduated from the first class of the Southern University Law School. He later became Dean of the Southern University Law Center from 1971-1972. His tenure as system president continued from 1974-1985, when he returned to the Law Center as a professor until his retirement in 1986. Joining the Southern University Board of Supervisors in 1991, he served four years. An endowed professorship in his name was established in 1998.
His esteemed career as an education advocate included fighting legal battles to desegregate Caddo Parish schools in the 1960s and 1970s as the first African-American lawyer to practice in Shreveport in the twentieth century.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony dedicating the building was held on March 18, 2005