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Charles Phillip Adams

    Charles P. Adams was born in Brusly, Louisiana, on July 22, 1873. He was the son of ex-slaves and was reared in poverty. He was a dedicated worker, and as a youth, he practiced trading and bartering and thus became propsperous. He and his uncles bought and farmed their own land. He worked his way through Tuskegee Institute and became a devout student of Dr. Booker T. Washington.

 In 1901, the North Louisiana Farmer's Relief Association of Ruston, Louisiana, wrote to Dr. Booker T. Washington, president of Tuskegee Institute, asking for a man from Tuskegee to start an industrial school similar in objectives to Tuskegee. On August 4, 1901, Charles P. Adams, a recent graduate of Tuskegee Institute, arrived in Lincoln Parish to start a school in the Allen Green Community.

From these beginnings, this pioneer educator would see the name of this school change several times; he would hear a desperate cry for support and pride in one's accomplishments. Mr. Adams's task was enormous, and he drew from his boyhood experience much in his efforts to build an institution that would train Black people to improve their standards of living through education, agricultural training, and basic skills to earn a living. From 1901 to 1912, this institution was operated from private funds. Through much strife and hardships, Mr. Adams maintained the industrial school concept. In 1918, the school received state support, and in 1928, the school became a junior college. In 1936, Charles P. Adams retired, but his philosophy lives on today on the campus of Grambling State University.

 

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This is the drum of Jordan B. Noble, a veteran of four wars, and a Captain of Louisiana Native Guard. This drum was beaten by him at many military and civic parades, including the World's
Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition, New Orleans, 1884-1885.

 

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