Abe E. Pierce, III

He served as the parish leader, Mayor of Monroe

Abe E. Pierce,III is the son of Abe E. Pierce, II and Eliza Davis Pierce. He was reared in Monroe and attended school at Monroe Colored High.

As a youth he helped his father at his shoe shop. There, he learned the ropes of personal industry, hard work and how to save. He attended church at the Tabernacle Baptist Church where his father was superintedent of Sunday School. In school he played tuba in the band and excelled in mathematics.

In 1952 he was graduated from Monroe Colored High and entered Southern University. At Southern he studied hard and worked until he completed two bachelor degrees in Biology and Chemistry and Education. He later completed his Master's Degree requirement in secondary education and studied further at the Uiversity of Southwestern Louisiana, University of California and Northeast Louisiana University.

He is a veteran of the U.S. Army where he held the rank of Second Lieutenant.

His career as an educator began as a science teacher at Terzia High School (Richwood). He taught their from 1956-1966. Then he was appointed principal of Robinson Elementary School from 1966-1969. He returned to Richwood in 1969 to serve as its principal from 1969 to 1972. He was then promoted to Supervisor of Secondary Education for the Ouachita Parish School Board in 1972-1978.

In the early 1970's Pierce he decided to enter the political arena and made a bid to become the first Black member of the police jury since reconstruction. He won that election and served on the jury for 24 1/2 years. The last eight years of his tenure he served as police jury president.

In 1978 he became the first Black Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Ouachita Parish School System, a position he held until he became mayor of Monroe 1996.

Active in community activities his interests have included Sickle Cell Anemia, Tri-District Boys Club, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and many other organization.

His election to mayor of Monroe was only the second time that a Black person has served as mayor of Monroe. In 1874 George B. Hamlet served as Monroe's mayor. Pierce is the first "elected" Black mayor and the first to serve this century.

He is married to the former Dorothy Richard. He has two children, Abe E. Pierce, IV and Dr. Ava. E. Pierce.