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LSUA Student Wins Overdyke Award

Released: 06/06/2008

Jason Wheeler, a recent cum laude graduate from LSU at Alexandria, received the Overdyke Award from the North Louisiana Historical Assn. for his article “Alexandria Is the Law: The Frank Pipes Lynching and the Indignation of Representative Gentlemen,” which was printed in the 2008 winter edition of the North Louisiana Historical Assn. Journal.

Wheeler, a history major from Pineville, wrote the article as an assignment in The New South class taught by Dr. Jerry Sanson, professor of history and political science. “Jason performed thorough research, and he’s an excellent writer. He is very deserving of the award,” Sanson said.

The article describes racial violence in Alexandria in 1904 and the lynching of Frank Pipes Jr., a 47-year old black man, after a series of questionable accusations and arrests. Wheeler reviewed newspaper microfilm accounts from The Alexandria Town Talk, The Shreveport Times and The New Orleans Times Picayune, and city and parish court records in preparation for the article.

The Overdyke Award is named in honor of the late W. Darrell Overdyke, long-time professor of history at Centenary College.