Shreveport Historic Sites
Central High School
DESCRIPTION: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the school was originally built in 1917 as Central Colored High School, and was later changed to a junior high and now elementary school. The school also served as Caddo Parish’s first high school and the first brick school for black students.
ADDRESS: 1627 Weinstock Street, Shreveport, LA MAP
DESCRIPTION: Built in 1923 by the Court of Calanthe, an early Black woman’s organization, and served as the Court’s headquarters as well as offering offices for Black professionals for many years. The rooftop garden was used for dances, Mardi Gras balls and other events.
ADDRESS: 1000 block of Texas Avenue, Shreveport, LA MAP
End of the Confederate Monument
DESCRIPTION: Located on Court House Square, this monument commemorates the lowering of the last official Confederate flag on this spot in June 1865.
ADDRESS: 500 Texas Street, Shreveport, LA MAP
DESCRIPTION: Completed in 1929, the auditorium is considered to be the finest example of Art Deco brickwork in the state, and is listed on the national Register of Historic Places. Legendary entertainers to perform there include B.B. King, James Brown, Bobbie “Blue” Bland, Aretha Franklin during their Chitlin Circuit days; today the auditorium hosts a variety of concert performances. including, Blues, Rock, Pop and Country.
ADDRESS: 705 Elvis Presley Blvd, Shreveport, LA MAP
DESCRIPTION: A preserved commercial block, formally known as “The Avenue”, dating from 1899 and 1917 that once had Black, Jewish, Chinese and Arab merchants. Today, it is home to historic churches, turn-of-the-century buildings and businesses. The 800 to 1000 block was once the business center and local social point for Shreveport’s Blacks and those in the surrounding communities. It is not to be confused with Texas Street in Shreveport.
ADDRESS: Texas Avenue from Common Street to Lawrence Street, Shreveport, LA MAP
Johnnie Cochran’s Boyhood Home
DESCRIPTION: Prior to moving to Los Angeles, famed attorney Johnnie spent his pre-teen years being raised here. No visitors permitted.
ADDRESS: 1933 Milam Street, Shreveport, LA MAP