1st Black Prosecutor for the City of Monroe


William Armstrong was the first Black to serve as city prosecutor in the City of Monroe in the early 1980’s. It was considered a great accomplishment for local Blacks who for years had been denied access to prosecutors’ office. Armstrong was a rising political star in the early 1980’s. In 1984 he waged an unsuccessful campaign for 4th District Attorney even while he had charges pending against him in federal court, accusing him of wrong doing in office.
In early 1985 he was convicted in federal court of conspiracy and ticket fixing connected to his tenure as city attorney.

The conviction served as a Damascus Road type experience for the young Armstrong who confessed that he was trying to make too much too fast. He emerged from the ordeal a changed man and announced his calling into the ministry. From the 90's to the present he has served as pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church in West Monroe.