Author: lizdda

The Blues and Folk Legend of the South

The Blues and Folk Legend of the South Take a walk down Texas Street and you’ll come face to face with a bronze statue of Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter and his famous 12-string guitar Stella. No one is more emblematic of the early southern folk music movement than this singer, songwriter and prolific guitarist. Most known for hits such as “Goodnight, Irene,” “The Midnight Special” and “Cotton Fields,” Ledbetter’s music laid the groundwork for the folk genre that influenced generations of musicians after his untimely death. A Hometown Start This folk-blues legend hailed from Mooringsport and spent his early...

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Edward Jacobs Started the First National Bank of Shreveport

Edward Jacobs: The Ghostly Banker of Shreveport? Meet Edward Jacobs, the founder of one of the wealthiest financial institutions of Shreveport during his time. First National Bank of Shreveport flourished at its former downtown location, conducting business with many prominent community members. Jacobs journeyed from Pomerania with very little to create the successful company near the corner of Milam and Spring streets. It’s rumored his ghost haunts the building, which is one of the oldest in Shreveport, according to the Haunted Deep South blog. We’ll lend you the history and let you decide the haunting yourself.      The Early...

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Leonidas Polk Spreads Episcopalianism in Louisiana

From Virtue to Violence: Leonidas Polk’s Convergence of God and War Louisiana’s religious sector stems partially from Leonidas Polk’s work of spreading biblical teachings across the state, including making contributions to Episcopalians in Shreveport. Years later, Polk joined the ranks of the Army of the Confederate States of America, fighting the Union to preserve slavery in the South. Check out Polk’s influential presence in Louisiana and how the concept of war became one’s calling from God.    Military Beginnings Polk was born in North Carolina, according to RootsWeb. While he was attending University of North Carolina, he was appointed...

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So Many Opportunities

I have decided that people can be broadly lumped into two categories—those who see opportunities and those who do not. I am a ‘glass half full’ person, always have been and hopefully, always will be. My husband sometimes calls me a ‘Pollyanna’ but nothing could be further from the truth. I don’t find good in everything that happens downtown, and tilting at windmills holds no appeal. Important decisions should always be based on fact, but fact that takes emotion into consideration. Both the cold numbers and the warm fuzzies lead us to know that there are worlds of opportunity in downtown Shreveport. Our downtown is a pretty remarkable place. It is compact enough to be pedestrian friendly, we have a grand promenade in Texas Street, beautiful wide sidewalks throughout. We have a waterfront, a strong art presence, striking modern buildings and beautiful historic ones. We have varied architectural styles, and old painted ‘ghost signs’ advertising products that may or may not still exist. In addition to believing in our opportunities, I also believe in second chances. In Downtown Shreveport we have a lot of candidates for second chances, but on some of them, time is running out. Which building downtown makes you stop and dream? Which one do you think is most deserving of a second...

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