I have been told that these fires had been set by Klan members as intimidation tactics. Tabernacle would rebuild and is still a thriving church today! The Monroe News-Star, February 26, 1915, Page 1 NEGRO CHURCH WAS DESTROPED [sic] BY FIRE The Tabernacle Baptist church, colored, at Ninth and Breard streets was totally destroyed by … Continue reading Tabernacle Baptist Church Burns
I love this old photo! It was taken looking up St. John street near the intersection with Grammont Street. You can see the old post office, First Baptist Church and the old City Hall.
From the dress, this was taken in the 30's or 40's. The Municipal Street Railway system in Monroe was begun in 1906 as a city improvement project of Mayor Forsythe. The streetcars disappeared from Monroe around World War II, but it gave birth to the city buses. As a result, Monroe has the oldest municipally … Continue reading Monroe Streetcar
This rare postcard shows the Electric Light Plant in Monroe. This one one of Mayor Forsythe's projects.
The above photo shows one of the early Ouachita Parish school buses. Doesn't look very safe!
This is the intersection of Grand and DeSiard Streets. The Hip Marks building is on the right. It is now the site of Henry Bry Park.
Taken circa 1920, this shows a view of the heart of Monroe from the old City Hall. The street in front of the bank building is South Grand.