Back on March 24th, I posted a photo from Dr. Williams’ collection showing a group of high school graduates which I could not identify. During the hiatus, I was contacted by a reader of the blog, Mr. Lee Carbrey who informed me he had a newspaper clipping that dates the photo.
Yep. Right there in the front row was our Maude Rogers! The clipping also gave us a date, and I was able to find an article about the class graduation in the Shreveport Times of May 28, 1904:
Monroe, May 27. – The graduating exercises of the Ouachita parish high school, were held last night in Lugar’s [sic: Sugar’s] new theater before a brilliant audience. The graduates were Misses Lottie Grant, Mattie McClendon, Dorothy Parker, Zemma Haynes, Maude Rogers, Boyce Sadler, Sara Nixon and Messrs. R.B. Stevens, Fred Millsaps, Bruton Dawkins, Armand McHenry and Carl McHenry. The latter was the valedictorian and the diplomas were delivered by Rev. J.T. Sawyer, pastor of the First Methodist church.
BOOM! Thank you Mr. Carbrey! So, the graduation photo was taken inside the old Sugar theater 116 years ago. Wow!
Mr. Carbrey also had the graduation program from that day and graciously gave me permission to post both the photo and the program.