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Near Haughton in Bossier Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South-Central)
 

The Arrest of Isaac Williams and his Men

 
 
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By Roger Jefferson
1. The Arrest of Isaac Williams and his Men Marker
Inscription.  At this site in 1868, Isaac Williams and thirty other African American men were arrested and unlawfully convicted and sentenced to one year in the penitentiary for holding a Loyal-League meeting. Four months later, with the advice and consent of the Senate, these men were pardoned by Governor H.C. Warmoth.
 
Erected 2018 by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development in cooperation with the Louisiana Tourism Development Commission. Sponsored by the Jefferson and Williams Families.
 
Location. 32° 26.253′ N, 93° 27.911′ W. Marker is near Haughton, Louisiana, in Bossier Parish. Marker is on Johnson Koran Road one mile north of State Highway 527, on the left when traveling north. It is at the Jerusalem Baptist Church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4054 Johnson Koran Rd, Haughton LA 71037, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ashpoint Plantation (approx. 8.1 miles away); Loggy Bayou-Red River (approx. 14.1 miles away); Academy Park
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By Roger Jefferson
2. The Arrest of Isaac Williams and his Men Marker
(approx. 16.4 miles away); Minden Historic Residential District / Ms. Mona Miriam Robinson Monk (approx. 16˝ miles away); Davis - Green House (approx. 16˝ miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Post-Civil War history uncovered in south Bossier Parish. 2018 illustrated article by Nate Fluharty on KTBS-TV Channel 3 in Shreveport. Excerpt:
According to Jefferson, at the time the O’Neal’s were pioneers, not necessarily by the way they lived, but how they treated others. In an unprecedented move at that time, they sold their farm to a black man named Isaac Williams and it didn’t take long before the post-Civil War tensions began between Williams and certain white neighbors.

Nowadays we hear the term fake news used quite a lot, but it was still a thing back in 1868 when it was reported by local media that several of the members here were rioting. That wasn’t the case but they were still arrested and sent to the penitentiary. They were later released by the governor, but not without sending a clear message of peace.

It was determined by the court that Williams and his 30 followers had been unlawfully convicted.
(Submitted on January 7, 2020.) 
 
Categories. African Americans
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 7, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 7, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 7, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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