Last year, the Ouachita Parish Public Library’s Genealogy and Special Collections Department applied for and won a Rebirth Public Library grant* from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Our project was to create a virtual cemetery tour of some of the burials in Hasley cemetery, West Monroe. The fruits of that labor are now available to the public. You can use your phone to go to www.oplib.org/hasley and watch videos about some of the cemetery “residents” from the comfort of your chair or print out the brochure, follow the map and visit the headstones in person! Copies of the brochures will soon be available at all Ouachita Parish Public Library branches as well. You will learn about some of the area’s most important historical figures, such as Henry Carroll, Julia Wossman, Ike Hamilton and Phinetta Hasley! Fall is a wonderful time to wander this beautiful cemetery, so get out there and enjoy!
*Funding for this Rebirth Public Library grant has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and administered by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan. Additional funding is provided by the Union Pacific Foundation.