A Glimpse of the Yesteryear of Northeast Louisiana

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New book offers century-old documentation of the growth and development of Monroe and other richly layered cities

We have some great bridges in our history, and we must maintain those bridges by constantly reminding the newest generations of the importance of themselves and those bridges

Many remarkable, exciting, and great things that occurred in Monroe, Louisiana – and the surrounding cities, towns, and villages – are lost and never to be recovered. Author James O. McHenry, in his efforts to contribute to the limited records of the Black history of this Northeast Louisiana area, brings The Indigenous Black People of Monroe, Louisiana and the Surrounding Cities, Towns, and Villages: A 100 Year Documentary. In this book made available through Xlibris, readers will uncover the marvels of this area, one that is rich with significant people and events.

The Indigenous Black People of Monroe, Louisiana and the Surrounding Cities, Towns, and Villages is a collection of over sixty compelling biographies, poetry, and short personal descriptions of life in Monroe and other Northeast Louisiana towns. It fascinatingly traces back the struggles of its early citizens, their courage to rise up, and their brilliance in establishing themselves. It includes circa photographs from forty-five to a hundred years old. Highlighted is the city of Monroe, because of its size, accessibility, and proximity to the smaller towns and villages of the area. People—either born in the area or have migrated—were interviewed by the author to come up with this striking documentation.

“We have some great bridges in our history, and we must maintain those bridges by constantly reminding the newest generations of the importance of themselves and those bridges,” shares the author. “We cannot deal with the future without dealing with the past.”

Backed with well-researched discussions and personal insights, this book is a riveting anthology of memories that capture the past in order to bring something good for the future. Louisianans, former Louisianans, and readers of all walks of life will find The Indigenous Black People of Monroe, Louisiana and the Surrounding Cities, Towns, and Villages: A 100 Year Documentary educational, informative, and even inspiring. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to Xlibris.com.

About the Author
James O. McHenry was born on the Glendora Plantation in Sterlington, Louisiana, on November 9, 1940, and he is the oldest of six children born to S.O. and Rebecca McHenry. He was educated in the segregated church, Catholic, and public schools of Monroe, Louisiana. He earned the B.S. degree in Secondary Education at Grambling College, M.Ed. degree in Guidance and Counseling at Wayne State University of Detroit, Michigan, and the Doctor of Education degree at Wayne State. His subsequent work included being a teacher, U.S. Army, Michigan county and state probation officer, and Chief United States Pretrial Services Officer for the Eastern District of Michigan (retired). He is married to Esther Johnson and father to Stephanie and Ali. His hobbies include coin-collecting, Tae Kwon Do (black belt), exercise, cooking and canning, gardening, jazz, spectator sports, reading, genealogy, and traveling.

The Indigenous Black People of Monroe, Louisiana and the Surrounding Cities, Towns, and Villages
by JAMES O. MCHENRY, ED.D
A 100 Year Documentary
Publication Date: October 26, 2010
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 740 pages; 978-1-4535-8858-1
Trade Hardback; $34.99; 740 pages; 978-1-4535-8859-8
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4535-8860-4

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

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