PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) - Did you know that Louisiana State University started right here in Central Louisiana. On Thursday, the community gathered to honor the man who started the school here.
Marker unveiled honoring LSU's first Superintendent, William T. Sherman, unveiled at the old LSU walking trail in Pineville.
After years of work, the Central Louisiana Historical Association raised funds and was approved to put up a marker honoring William Tecumseh Sherman, LSU's first superintendent, at the site of the original school across from the VA hospital in Pineville.
Local officials and even LSU’s President, F. King Alexander, gathered to commemorate the marker.
General Sherman was instrumental for putting the school in Central Louisiana in the mid 1800’s before it burnt down. The school was then moved to Baton Rouge where it is today.
"I think it's a great celebration of the founding of what would become LSU and the beginning of a seminary and military academy that General Sherman helped create," said Alexander.
"I have been stunned that the people of Cenla who had no idea LSU’s first ten years was here,” said Michael Tudor, Pineville lawyer. “Does that give you some idea of how important it is. It's a beautiful historic place and the walking trail that the Rapides Foundation did. So it's these sort of events that educated people."
The marker sits in front of the old LSU walking trail that runs near the forestry service.