Minden Press-Herald publisher Gregg Parks presents 10-year-old Taiteuna Rabb, a 5th grader at Doyline, with a check as winner of the Black History Month essay contest in the 4th through 8th grade category. Bonnie Culverhouse/Press-Herald

Editor’s note: The winner of the Minden Press-Herald’s Black History Month essay contest In the 4th through 8th grade category is Taiteuna Rabb, a fifth grader from Doyline. There were no submissions in the 9th-12th grade category.

My older relatives often talk about how they walked many miles as students to their 3-Room Wooden School House. There was no indoor toilets and a preacher brought wood to the school in a horse-drawn wagon for the wood burning heaters and stove.

In 1956, a lot of black children from different communities rode buses to the new school named Union Elementary. They were


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