Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Panel Discussion on how local institutions will preserve the stories of the Civil Rights movement

FREE and open to the public
This event- on Sat. May 30-was inspired when I was looking to do some oral history interviews related to Bossier's school integration case and another Civil Rights trailblazer with Bossier Parish ties and found out they had already passed.

Participants and the institutions they are representing:
Moderator: Dr. Michael Hicks, Jarvis Christian College and Executive Director of the North La. Civil Rights Coalition
Dr. Laura McLemore, Archivist: Noel Memorial Library Archives and Special Collections, LSU-Shreveport
Ashley Hazelton: Oral History Project at R.W. Norton Art Gallery
Deborah Allen: North Louisiana Civil Rights Coalition 
Brian McNew, McNew Architecture, North Louisiana Civil Rights Museum
Pam Carlisle History and Outreach, Bossier Parish Library Historical Center
Dr. Orella Brazile, founder and Library Director, Black Ethnic Archives at Southern University – Shreveport

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Bossier Bios: Dr. S.E. Prince

Dr. Shea Edward Prince was born in the Bossier Parish town of Princeton (yes, named for his family!) on August 8, 1869. He was the son of Joseph Wilson Prince and Virginia Alice Locke Prince. He went to school in Bossier Parish and was a resident student at the Shreveport Charity Hospital in the early 1890s, where he worked with Superintendent Dr. T.E. Schumpert. He continued his education at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated in 1896. He returned to Northwest Louisiana and married Pauline Trigg in March of 1899. Prince’s marriage announcement in the Bossier Banner notes that he is a prominent and popular young physician. He practiced medicine in Bossier, Webster, Ouachita, Caddo, and Sabine Parishes. During World War I, Prince was medical examiner for the Bossier Parish draft board. Shea and Pauline had three daughters: Emmaleen Virginia, Helen Beverly, and Hallula Sue.  

In addition to his medical practice, Prince was very involved in the banking industry. He organized and served as president at the Noble State Bank in Sabine Parish. He founded the Bossier State Bank and was also president of the Plain Dealing State bank. On February 6, 1941, Prince had been at the Bossier State Bank as usual, and then spent the evening with his family at his home in Shreveport. He suffered a heart attack later that night and passed away.