Arthur Estèves

Arthur Estéves was president of the Citizens' Committee. He had earlier been instrumental in saving the Couvent School (established to educate destitute African American children) from decline and served on its board of directors. Estéves' company, Fauria and Estéves, manufactured sails, awnings, flags and tarpaulins, and operated at several locations in New Orleans. Desdunes wrote that he was "a man on whom the people could count in every kind of venture."