Boley Elementary School

Photo from the Ouachita Parish Public Library collection.

The news from West Monroe Saturday afternoon was devastating. Boley Elementary School was on fire. It appears the fire was started by lightning from a major spring storm that had blown through the area. By Sunday morning, the school was a total loss. The building was a fixture of Cypress street since 1953. It was built at a cost of $205,000 as a high school for the African-American community. It was named after Marion F. Boley (1856 – 1936), a leader in the educational field. The site for the school had been part of his land. The school was turned into a Junior High School around 1964 and later it was made an elementary school. The loss is a huge one for the community.

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