Lightning destroys historic Boley; began as a school for Negroes

The fire that destroyed Boley Elementary last week was tragic and historic, especially in light of its connection with the Black community’s struggle for educational excellence.
Authorities believe the West Monroe school fire was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. However, officially the cause of the fire is still listed undetermined.
The fire leveled the school which began as the benevolent act of a former slave who donated the land for the school just after slavery ended in Ouachita Parish. For many of the African-American students and their families, the fire rep