Historic Lukeville School

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Marker Name:Historic Lukeville School

Marker Dedicated: November 16, 2005Marker Sponsor:Lukeville Upper Elementary School

Marker Location: Lukeville Upper Elementary School, 6141 Hwy 1 South, Brusly, LA 70719 (in front of the school)

Marker Text: Established by Luke Billups in 1887 at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. Lukeville School has provided elementary education since its founding. In addition to serving the Lukeville community, it also served black students from nearby areas. Building in front was erected in 1950.

Background: Through the efforts of Principal Cynthia Thomas and the West Baton Rouge Historical Association Historic Preservation Committee and Brusly Councilwoman Joanne Bourgeois, this marker was erected. Principal Thomas was born, reared, and educated in Lukeville. After an attempt failed to place the school on the National Register of Historic Places, Principal Thomas found the funds to purchase the marker and honor Rev. Luke Billups for his establishment of this school in 1887. One of the proudest moments of Ms. Thomas’ career was the placement of this marker at her alma mater.
A ceremony was held on Wednesday, November 16, 2005 at the Lukeville Upper Elementary School to dedicate this marker.

For more information:
• Mr. & Mrs. Jack Martin and Nazarene Church members, “The History of Nazarene Baptist Church Year 2004”, 5 pages of text written in early 1970’s (available in Museum file)
• Rosa L. Martin, “United in History” Morrisonville and Nazarene Baptist Church, Post/South, Thursday, February 25, 1988, page 8 B
• Video tape “Morrisonville…a Community Legacy”; produced by Dow Chemical, 2004, captures oral and visual histories (available at West Baton Rouge Museum)
• Nazarene Baptist Church Powerpoint presentation of church founders; 8 pages of text & photos
• Artist rendering of first church built (pen and ink drawing)
• Riverside Reader Currents, August 25, 1997
• Riverside Reader, November 14, 2005
• West Side Journal Volume 70, Number 19, Thursday, November 24, 2005
• Along the River Road by Mary Ann Sternberg, pages 209
• State Historic marker files at the West Baton Rouge Museum
• Reference files at the West Baton Rouge Museum and Library