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Historical Markers in Grambling, Louisiana

Clickable Map of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Lincoln Parish, LA (59) Bienville Parish, LA (7) Claiborne Parish, LA (15) Jackson Parish, LA (2) Ouachita Parish, LA (20) Union Parish, LA (2)  LincolnParish(59) Lincoln Parish (59)  BienvilleParish(7) Bienville Parish (7)  ClaiborneParish(15) Claiborne Parish (15)  JacksonParish(2) Jackson Parish (2)  OuachitaParish(20) Ouachita Parish (20)  UnionParish(2) Union Parish (2)
Ruston is the parish seat for Lincoln Parish
Grambling is in Lincoln Parish
      Lincoln Parish (59)  
      Bienville Parish (7)  
      Claiborne Parish (15)  
      Jackson Parish (2)  
      Ouachita Parish (20)  
      Union Parish (2)  
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1Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Arthur D. Smith, Sr.
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 . . . Map (db m157217) HM
2Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Bernie T. Woodard — First Mayor of Grambling
Bennie T. Woodard began his twenty-four year tenure as Grambling's first mayor in September 1953. Under his leadership Grambling achieved Village then Town status eventually, the status of the first incorporated African American municipality . . . Map (db m150421) HM
3Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Calvin A. Wilkerson
Calvin, Wilkerson was a renowned entrepreneur and a caring and compassionate member of the Grambling community. Wilkerson was one of the first African Americans to serve on the Lincoln Parish School Board and he worked to get blacks . . . Map (db m150730) HM
4Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Charlene S. Greene
Mrs. Charlene Sims Greene faithfully served the City of Grambling as an employee for 45 years as secretary, clerk treasurer, and administrative assistant. She started her career under the first visionary, Mayor B.T. Woodard, and council, and . . . Map (db m159404) HM
5Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Charles P. Adams — "The Founder"
In 1901, the North Louisiana Colored Farmers Relief Association asked the Tuskegee Institute's Booker T. Washington to find a man capable of setting up an agricultural and industrial school in North Louisiana. Charles P Adams was that man. . . . Map (db m160083) HM
6Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Charlie Joiner — Fotball Hall of Famer
Charlie Joiner graduated from Grambling State University in 1969 and was drafted in the fourth round by the American Football League's Houston Oilers. He retired with the most career receptions, receiving yards and games played of any wide . . . Map (db m159994) HM
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7Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Collie J. Nicholson
Collie J. Nicholson, Grambling's first sports information director, wrote the school right into the national consciousness and he did it with nothing more than a battered typewriter and a big heart. Nicholson served as Sports Information . . . Map (db m159997) HM
8Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Conrad "Hutch" Hutchinson, Jr — (October 25, 1919 - March 5, 1996)
Conrad Hutchinson Jr. arrived in Grambling in 1952 and had a plan to make the Grambling College Marching Band the "Best Band In the Land". It didn't happen overnight and it certainly wasn't easy, but "Hutch” and his staff began molding . . . Map (db m160008) HM
9Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Douglas L. Williams
Douglas L. Williams, a Zachary, Louisiana native, is best known for his MVP performance in Super Bowl XXII while playing for the Washington Redskins against the Denver Broncos. He was the first African American quarterback to win the Super . . . Map (db m160422) HM
10Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Dr. Alice Brown Smith
Dr. Alice Brown Smith began her career in the Grambling College teacher education program in 1957, after serving as a Jeanes Supervisor for over ten years in Mississippi, a special class of Black educators in the South. At Grambling, she . . . Map (db m158528) HM
11Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Dr. Arthur Daniel "A.D." Smith, Jr.
A.D.'s career as a Grambling City Alderman, community leader, teacher, & educational admin. spanned 40 years. He was elected City Councilman in 1985, following in the footsteps of his father, A.D. Smith Sr. Later, like his father, he became . . . Map (db m160421) HM
12Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Dr. Earl Lester Cole
Dr. Earl Lester Cole was a man of enormous integrity and credibility who devoted his entire professional career to Grambling State University spanning nearly half a century, and he also contributed much to the growth of the Grambling community. . . . Map (db m151942) HM
13Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Dr. Joseph Johnson
Dr. Johnson was the 3rd president of Grambling State Univ. In the span of 14 years, he brought a new dimension of progress & enhancement to the university, with a 10-point plan for improvement. He stabilized & doubled enrollment, strengthened . . . Map (db m150974) HM
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14Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Dr. Leon Whittaker
Dr. Leon Whittaker had a distinguished career in Education, produced scholarly and Christian writings, and was known for his expertise in Career Counseling and Placement, Dean of Students, Vice President of Student Affairs, Interim Dean of . . . Map (db m158529) HM
15Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Dr. Ruth Bradford
Dr. Ruth Bradford had a distinguished career in religion, business, education, philanthropy and politics and was noted for her community spirit. She also had a pioneering spirit that made her a "Woman of Firsts” - the first woman to be . . . Map (db m159018) HM
16Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Eddie G. Robinson
Beginning in 1941, Eddie G. Robinson spent fifty-six years as head football coach at Grambling State University. He sent more than 200 players into the pros -four of which have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. On October . . . Map (db m160085) HM
17Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Edward R. Jones
Edward R. Jones was sworn in for his second consecutive term as the 7th mayor of the city of Grambling on December 30, 2014. He previously served two terms on the Grambling City Council and as Mayor Pro Tempore during his second term as . . . Map (db m150942) HM
18Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Ernest Ladd
Nicknamed "The Big Cat,” Mr. Ernie Ladd was an American Collegiate professional football player & professional wrestler. A standout athlete in high school, Ladd attended Grambling State University on a basketball scholarship before being . . . Map (db m159409) HM
19Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Frederick Hobdy
Frederick Hobdy was the winningest coach in Louisiana collegiate basketball history with 572 victories between 1957 and 1986. His teams won 7 Southwestern Athletic Conference titles and the National Athletic Intercollegiate . . . Map (db m150350) HM
20Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Henry Louis Dyer
Henry Louis Dyer (born in Baton Rouge, LA) is a former Grambling College All-American, as well as, American football running back in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams and the Washington Redskins. He was Grambling's leading . . . Map (db m159016) HM
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21Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Howard Davis
Basketball Great Howard, Mr. Davis, came to Grambling with All-District and All-State honors earned as a point guard during his years at Scotlandville High School. Coach Fred Hobdy recruited Howard and waited eagerly for him to arrive to . . . Map (db m159531) HM
22Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — James "Shack" Harris
James "Shack” Harris led Grambling to SWAC championships in each of his four years as quarterback and was named MVP of the 1967 Orange Blossom Classic. Drafted by the AFL's Buffalo Bills, he became the first black player to start a . . . Map (db m159995) HM
23Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — John Williams, Jr.
John "Porky" Williams, Jr. served as mayor of Grambling for two terms from 1995 until 2002. Before becoming mayor, Williams served as alderman under the leadership of Mayor B.T. Woodard. During his tenure as mayor, he sought the best for . . . Map (db m150590) HM
24Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Judson Hartwell Grambling — Grambling's Namesake
Grambling's early development was centered around a small sawmill owned by a millright named Judson Hartwell Grambling, a European American for whom the town and university are named. Around 1884, Judson bought land in the area that would . . . Map (db m150342) HM
25Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Junious "Buck" Buchanan — Fotball Hall of Famer
Junious "Buck" Buchanan played both offense and defense at Grambling. In 1963, Buchanan was the first player chosen in the first AFL draft by the Dallas Texans which later became the Kansas City Chiefs. A dominant lineman in his day, for eight . . . Map (db m159533) HM
26Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — LaFayette Franklin "Fate" Richmond
LaFayette Fate Richmond was born in 1864 & led the establishment of the North Louisiana Colored Agricultural Relief Association. The goal was to promote economic self-sufficiency for African Americans and racial uplift through Vocational . . . Map (db m150375) HM
27Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Loester "L.D." Land
Loester "L.D.” Land spent forty years as an educator, civic and church leader. Though his contributions to black education will always be remembered, one of his most notable contributions was his effort to strengthen the voting power & . . . Map (db m159017) HM
28Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Martha Woodard Andrus
Martha Woodard Andrus served as Grambling's mayor from 2003 until 2010. Woodard Andrus' achievement of becoming mayor of Grambling was a history-making feat. She followed in the footsteps of her father B.T. Woodard, who became Grambling's . . . Map (db m150728) HM
29Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Mr. Earnest "Earnie" Miles
Mr. Earnie Miles was widely known for his pioneering career at KNOE-TV in Monroe, Louisiana as the first black news reporter and host of the "Earnie Miles Gospel Show” which began in 1980. The show was the most watched gospel show in the . . . Map (db m150962) HM
30Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Mr. Levis Jackson
Mr. Levis Jackson moved to Grambling, Louisiana in the early 1930s. He reached many milestones with the growing Town of Grambling and his contributions will long be felt. He was the first Police Chief after the incorporation of Grambling, a . . . Map (db m160420) HM
31Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Mrs. Ruby Lee Weekly Billups
Mrs. Ruby Lee Weekly Billups, a native of Vidalia, LA, arrived on the campus of Grambling College on September 10, 1947. Her employment in the Registrar's Office began her freshman year. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. degree in . . . Map (db m159403) HM
32Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Paul "Tank" Younger
Paul "Tank" Younger, a Grambling, Louisiana native, played college football at Grambling State University and was the first player from a historically black university to play professional football. In 1955, "Tank became the last player named . . . Map (db m159996) HM
33Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Ralph Allen Garr
Mr. Ralph "Scooney” Garr was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues in 1968 w/ the Atlanta Braves. In 1967, he led both the Grambling Tigers & the National Assoc. for Intercollegiate Athletics with a .585 batting average & . . . Map (db m159507) HM
34Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones, Sr. — "Prez" — (August 6, 1905 - April 9, 1982) —
R.W.E Jones, affectionately known as "Prez", was President of Grambling State University from 1936 until his retirement in 1977. He was the second president of the historically black university. Jones began his career at Grambling . . . Map (db m150362) HM
35Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Reverend Julius A. Mansfield
Reverend Mansfield served as mayor of Grambling from 1977 to 1981 His main focus was on the connection between community, university and government. He served as a counselor at Grambling State University and also served on the Lincoln Parish . . . Map (db m150446) HM
36Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Richard J. Joseph Gallot, Sr.
Richard J. Gallot, Sr. is a well-known, successful entrepreneur who served as Grambling's mayor from 1981 to 1985. His parish and government positions included serving as a Grambling City Councilman; Constable, Ward II, Lincoln Parish; member . . . Map (db m150943) HM
37Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Richard L. Ludley
As a Grambling native, Richard Ludley served as mayor of Grambling from 1985 until 1994. He helped to organize Grambling's volunteer fire department and served as a volunteer fireman followed by six years of service as fire chief. He . . . Map (db m150668) HM
38Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Robert M. "Bob" Hopkins
Mr. Robert M. "Bob” Hopkins was an American basketball player and coach. He played college basketball at Grambling State University where he scored 3,759 points (averaging 29.8 pointed per game in his career). One of his cousins, . . . Map (db m159506) HM
39Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Rosetta Hill Days
Mrs. Rosetta Days began her career as an educator in Webster Parish in the fields of language arts, social studies, & adult education. At Grambling State University, she was an Assistant Professor, Academic Counselor, and Director of the High . . . Map (db m160419) HM
40Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Sarah Jane Richmond
Sarah Jane Richmond, born in 1869, was appointed as Grambling's first Postmistress on April 16, 1907, a post she held for four years. She was also a founding member of Grambling's first Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star in 1944. Sarah's . . . Map (db m159071) HM
41Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Siscro McCarty
Mr. Siscro McCarty was an educator who came to Lincoln Parish in the 1960s. He earned his way through the ranks until he became Assistant Principal.of Ruston High School, Principal of Ruston Junior High School & finally, Supervisor of Student . . . Map (db m160418) HM
42Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — The Honorable Pinkie Carolyn Wilkerson
The Honorable Pinkie Carolyn Wilkerson: a Grambling native who was an attorney and member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1992-2000, representing District 11. She served as the Vice Chair of the Health & Welfare Committee, served . . . Map (db m159407) HM
43Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Thomas Morehead
Thomas Morehead is a native of Monroe, Louisiana, and a graduate of Grambling State University. Instead of a career in teaching, Morehead took a leap of faith for an uncertain shot at learning the automotive business from the ground up. In . . . Map (db m159014) HM
44Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Tommy Lee Agee
Tommie Lee Agee was a star at Grambling College and a Major League Baseball center fielder. He signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1962, and moved through the ranks. In 1966, he earned the Rookie of the Year Award and the Golden Glove Award. . . . Map (db m150991) HM
45Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Vernell J. Delafosse
Mr. Vernell J. Delafosse was widely admired for his loyalty to the community of Grambling and Grambling State University. He sought out every opportunity to get involved in the religious, civic and social affairs of the community and was also . . . Map (db m157215) HM
46Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Willie Brown — Fotball Hall of Famer
Willie Brown's career with the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Ralders spanned sixteen seasons and 204 games from 1963 through 1978. Willie Brown's 16-year NFL career vaulted him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of . . . Map (db m159536) HM
47Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Willie Davis — Fotball Hall of Famer
Willie Davis played for the Grambling State Tigers before being drafted in the 15th round of the 1956 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. Willie Davis is the award-winning defensive end for Vince Lombardi's World Champion Green Bay Packers and . . . Map (db m159537) HM
48Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Willis Reed, Jr. — Basketball Hall of Famer
Willis Reed, Jr. dominated while at Grambling State, formerly Grambling College, leading the basketball team to one NAIA title and three Southwestern Athletic Conference Championships. Reed was selected in the second round of the NBA Draft as . . . Map (db m159532) HM
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Jan. 27, 2023