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Grambling in Lincoln Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Arthur D. Smith, Sr.

 
 
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By Cajun Scrambler, May 14, 2020
1. Arthur D. Smith, Sr. Marker
Inscription.  Mr. A.D. Smith, Sr., was a beloved educator, civic, religious and political leader. In 1939, he began a teaching career in Bienville Parish that spanned thirty-one years, including serving as the first Principal of the GSU Laboratory School, and as a Professor in the Grambling College Teacher Education Program for over twenty years. In 1941, Smith opened a Property and Casualty Insurance Agency, the only one of its kind operated by an African American in the vast Northern Louisiana area. Smith was a member of the Grambling Town Council for many years, affiliated with numerous major education organizations, and was a volunteer Boy Scouts worker for more than twenty years. He was a dedicated deacon and finance officer at Mt. Zion Baptist Church and a devoted husband and father. In 1971 Smith said that his life was the story "of one who has been a farmer, a day laborer, a public school teacher, an insurance agent, a college professor, and of a person who continually-tried to he a good citizen, a Christian gentleman, and friend of other human beings".
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans
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By Cajun Scrambler, May 14, 2020
2. Arthur D. Smith, Sr. Marker
Education.
 
Location. 32° 32.276′ N, 92° 42.823′ W. Marker is in Grambling, Louisiana, in Lincoln Parish. Marker is on Legends Avenue (State Highway 149) just south of Interstate 20, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grambling LA 71245, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. Earl Lester Cole (here, next to this marker); Dr. Alice Brown Smith (here, next to this marker); Dr. Leon Whittaker (here, next to this marker); Dr. Joseph Johnson (here, next to this marker); Vernell J. Delafosse (here, next to this marker); Mr. Earnest "Earnie" Miles (here, next to this marker); Tommy Lee Agee (here, next to this marker); Calvin A. Wilkerson (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grambling.
 
More about this marker. Located in the Grambling Walk of Fame/Legends Square.
 
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By Cajun Scrambler, May 14, 2020
3. Walk of Fame Archway
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 4, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 4, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.
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