An African-American Man is a Guest Speaker to a White Women’s Business Club…in 1939.

I want you to read the article for a moment, then sit back and reflect on the fact this article and photo was published in a northern paper in May, 1939. There had been a lynching of a black man in Ruston just a few months before. For a black man at that time to … Continue reading An African-American Man is a Guest Speaker to a White Women’s Business Club…in 1939.

Blind Tom: America’s Forgotten Musical Prodigy

I wrote the following article for Louisiana Road Trips Magazine, May, 2015: Blind Tom:  America’s Forgotten Musical Prodigy      The Ouachita Telegraph, Friday, January 20, 1883, Page 3, Column 1:  “The concerts given by Blind Tom, the musical phenomonen [sic], at the Opera House Friday and Saturday, including matinee, were largely attended – in fact … Continue reading Blind Tom: America’s Forgotten Musical Prodigy

The Birth of Magnolia Cemetery?

I found this little article a year ago and it makes me wonder if this is the birth of Magnolia Cemetery. For years there was a section of the Old City Cemetery reserved for the exclusive burial of African-Americans. The cemetery began running out of room. I have always heard that the African-American burials were … Continue reading The Birth of Magnolia Cemetery?

Ouachita Parish Public Library Historical Photos

I just wanted to take a moment and highlight what my boss has been working on. She has set up a new section on the Louisiana Digital Library to upload historical photos of the Ouachita Parish Public Library. I especially love the photo of Carver Library with the Miller-Roy Building in the background! Check it … Continue reading Ouachita Parish Public Library Historical Photos