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

The First Mardi Gras Parade in Monroe

Happy Mardi Gras! It is parade day in Monroe! I'll be on one of the floats tonight, but I'll be in disguise! If you recognize me, yell, "Throw me something!" Here is a Mardi Gras themed article I wrote for Road Trips a couple of years ago.             Many people in the area believe the … Continue reading The First Mardi Gras Parade in Monroe

Miller-Roy Building

The Miller-Roy building is one of the most historically important buildings in Ouachita Parish.  In 1929 two doctors, Dr. Dr. J.C. Roy and Dr. J.T. Miller decided that they needed a place where African Americans could do business without begin discriminated against.  An African-American contractor named J.A. Beckwith was hired in 1929 to build it at … Continue reading Miller-Roy Building