First African-American Firefighters in Monroe – 1874

Did you know that Monroe had an all-black Fire Company crew during Reconstruction? They organized in early 1874 and since the Ouachita Fire Company, No 1 had just gotten a new steam fire engine, the new crew were given the old hand engine called Creole, No. 9. They called themselves "the Aetnas" (Aetna Fire Co., … Continue reading First African-American Firefighters in Monroe – 1874

The Klan Wanted to Have a Parade in Monroe on Mardi Gras Day.

In early February of 1925, Mayor Arnold Bernstein and Commissioner Will Atkinson received the following letter from a member of the Monroe KKK: Monroe, Louisiana,February 7th, 1925 To the Honorable Mayor and Commission Council,City of Monroe, Louisiana. Gentlemen: Monroe Klan No. 102, Knights of the Klu Klux Klan wish to hold a parade on the … Continue reading The Klan Wanted to Have a Parade in Monroe on Mardi Gras Day.