Ansley Reed

Was the first African-American policeman in the state of Louisiana

Ansley Reed was the first Black to serve on the Monroe Police Force in this century. He and another officer, Roosevelt Hattin were sworn-in on the same day in 1957. Reed was sworn first after winning a coin toss.

In over three decades of service on the police force he elevated himself from a patrolman who could not arrest whites to a captain in charge of many whites.

He retired in the 1970’s to operate a business enterprise the “Elite Lounge.” When Reed began, along with Hattin, the department refused to give either man a uniform or a revolver. His uniform was made by a local Black tailor.

His appointment was the result of a political commitment between city leaders and Black community in return for Black support in a mayoral election. As one of the first Black policemen, Reed was looked upon by many Blacks as symbol of change, and heroism. He was stern, but yet well liked and his performance opened the door for many Blacks to follow in the Monroe Police Department.
When Ansley Reed retired some of those who laughed at him was under his command.