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Homer in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

T. H. Harris

T. H. Harris Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Wesley Harris, November 2, 2020
1. T. H. Harris Marker
T. H. Harris
Thomas H. Harris served as State Superintendent of Education from 1908 to 1940. His tenure was the longest and, arguably, the most successful in the history of Louisiana education. Under his leadership, Louisiana's public school system transitioned from it meager beginnings to a system in which all children in the state had access to fairly good schools.

Harris was born on March 16, 1869, on a 250-acre farm two miles south of this marker. Following his father's death in 1881, 12-year-old Harris and his brother assumed responsibility for the family farm, which prevented his attending school until 1889 at age 21. He progressed rapidly in his classes at the Lisbon Academy and began teaching in various rural schools. He also attended Homer College for the 1891 session, followed by a year of study at the Louisiana State Normal School in Natchitoches in 1893. After holding a series of teaching positions around the state, he was appointed Superintendent of Education by Governor J. Y. Sanders in 1908. Harris died February 24, 1942, and is buried in Roselawn Cemetery in Baton Rouge.

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Parish Early Education

Erected 2020 by Claiborne Parish Library.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkEducationSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is February 24, 1942.
Location. 32° 48.448′ N, 92° 57.978′ W. Marker is in Homer, Louisiana, in Claiborne Parish. Marker is at the intersection of LA Hwy 2 (State Highway 2) and Arizona Road on LA Hwy 2. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Homer LA 71040, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Arizona Academy Site (approx. 1.4 miles away); Sheriff Pat Garrett (approx. 3.3 miles away); Claiborne Parish Court House (approx. 5.3 miles away); Claiborne Parish War Memorial (approx. 5.3 miles away); Parish Courthouse (approx. 5.3 miles away); Friendship CME Church (approx. 6.2 miles away); St. John Colored School (approx. 6˝ miles away); White Lightning (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Homer.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2021, by Wesley Harris of Ruston, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 254 times since then and 128 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 23, 2021, by Wesley Harris of Ruston, Louisiana. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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