Pineville in Rapides Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
The roots of Louisiana College extend to schools at Mount Lebanon (Bienville Parish) and Keachie (DeSoto Parish), founded in the 1850's by north Louisiana Baptists. By the end of the nineteenth century the Louisiana Baptist Convention (LBC) assumed control over both institutions and at the same time began to plan for a more centrally located college. In January 1906, the Education Commission of the LBC voted in favor of this site over land offered in Alexandria, and on October 3rd of the same year Louisiana College opened with 19 students and 3 faculty members. In 1909 the school became coeducational. After a devastating fire on January 3, 1911, sentiment arose among some Baptist leaders for relocation of the college, but later in the year at a special session of the LBC delegates voted overwhelmingly to rebuild at the Pineville site. In 1923 Louisiana College became one of the first colleges in the state to receive accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges & Secondary Schools.
Erected 1988 by Central Cities Development Corporation.
Location. 31° 19.529′ N, 92° 25.611′ W. Marker is in Pineville, Louisiana, in Rapides Parish. Marker is on Allen Drive south of College Drive, on the right when Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pineville LA 71360, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alexandria Hall (a few steps from this marker); In Honor and Memory of Louisiana College Students (within shouting distance of this marker); 1101 Main Street (approx. ¼ mile away); Intersection of Main and Reagan streets (approx. 0.3 miles away); 900 Block of Main Street (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); 835 Main Street (approx. 0.4 miles away); Alexandria National Cemetery (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pineville.
More about this marker. Located on the National Register of Historic Places "Alexandria Hall" building.
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 26, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 62 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 26, 2017.