"Preserving the history and memories of Bossier Parish, Louisiana"
Monday, February 4, 2013
Photo of the Month - February
February's photo of the month shows the 1944 graduating class of Benton Training School. Doyle Stromile was among the graduating students. Do you recognize any others?
School in Benton was established in 1928 and produced its first high-school level graduating class in the parish
in 1932. Training schools were post-elementary schools with an emphasis on
industrial subjects or teacher training. There had been an effort to get one in
Bossier Parish since at least the 1880s, with the chartering of the Calvary
Baptist Industrial High School Association in 1887. The governing board of the
association consisted of eight black men, three of whom could not sign their
own names, who sought better educational opportunities for the children in their community. The Calvary Baptist Association later supplied land for the Bossier Parish Training School. The school received Rosenwald funding and grew to train local black teachers by offering two years of college. As the only school of its kind in Bossier Parish, many students boarded in dormitories or with local families.