The 1948 Water Carnival Parade

This is a photo of a parade entry in Monroe's Water Carnival Parade held by the Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1948: https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-pho%3A246 I wish I knew the gentleman driving the Model T! This was held on DeSiard Street and you can see some of the businesses that were there, such as Howard Brothers Jewelry, … Continue reading The 1948 Water Carnival Parade

LSU Glee Club Performs in Monroe – 1918

On March 15, 1918, the LSU Glee Club arrived in Monroe for a performance the next day at the City High School Auditorium. This photo of a street performance: https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/state-lhp%3A10138 was shot probably on the 16th in front of Wexler's Cigar Store. It's address was 206 DeSiard Street, which is now a parking lot next … Continue reading LSU Glee Club Performs in Monroe – 1918

The Swap Shop

This one stumped me, until a colleague looked at the sign in the photo and said, "Swap Shop". She was right! https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/lsu-sc-p16313coll52%3A1166 The Swap Shop was located at 905 DeSiard Street, at the corner of 9th and DeSiard, across from the City Cemetery. It was just down from the Miller-Roy building. WOW! Love the Chesterfield … Continue reading The Swap Shop

Collens Five Point Pharmacy

This building was another one that stood in the 600 block of DeSiard Street, right at the corner of 6th: https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/lsu-sc-p16313coll52%3A1162 I am guessing that window is where African-American clientele picked up their prescriptions, since they were not allowed under Jim Crow laws to enter the whites only front entrance. I am not sure though. … Continue reading Collens Five Point Pharmacy