Abe E. Pierce, IIIJanuary 10, 2015
Abe E. Pierce, III
1st African-American Mayor of Monroe, LA
Abe E. Pierce, III is a member of the Eta Delta Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., one of the founding members of the chapter, in Monroe. A graduate of the former Monroe Colored High School prior to desegregation and Southern University A&M College, he was a classroom teacher of biology, chemistry, and physics for ten years at Richwood High School. He was also principal at Richwood before moving on to become supervidor of secondary education and assistant superintendent in the Ouachita Parish School System. Pierce served for 26 years as a member of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury and the first African-American to be named its president. He was elected as the first African-American mayor of the City of Monroe since Reconstruction in 1996. He served until July of 2000.