Gibsland, Louisiana

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Gibsland is a town in Bienville Parish, Louisiana, United States. Conveniently near Interstate 20 and less than an hour from both Shreveport and Monroe Louisiana, Gibsland offers small town living with access to urban amenities. Gibsland is located only minutes away from Louisiana Tech University, Grambling State University, Northwest Louisiana Technical College and other technical/vocational schools. It is surrounded by many lakes within a 30 to 40 minute drive and some of Louisianaʼs best fishing, deer, and turkey hunting makes Gibsland and Bienville Parish a true sportsmanʼs paradise.

The town is best known for it's connecting railroads, the birth place of Coleman College and the nearby capture in 1934 of the bandits Bonnie and Clyde. In 2002 a song and music video title "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" was released. The song was written by Jay-Z and produced by Kanye West featuring R&B singer, songwriter, actress and fashion designer Beyonce (Beyonce Knowles formerly member of R&B girl group Destiny's Child). The song reached number 4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, becoming Jay-Z's second top ten single and boyonce's first top ten single as a solo artist. The song is currently available on Youtube.Com ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGhRhaKmD8s )

The Story of Bonnie and Clyde an upcoming biographical film starring Hilary Duff and Kevin Zegers is scheduled to air soon. The film was written and will be directed by Tonya Holly. It has been reported that scenes will be shot in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. In a recent interview with MTV, actor Kevin Zegers announced that the film is set to start production on November 2010.

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Gas * Electric * Broadband Internet * Phone * Water - Provided by Town of Gibsland * Public Sewer - Provided by Town of Gibsland * Trash Pickup - Provided by Town of Gibsland

Coleman College - Founded in Gibsland

In 1890, with ten students, Coleman Baptist Male and Female College opened its doors to educate the children of freed slaves in northern Louisiana. The institution’s primary vision and mission was to produce teachers and preachers.

Supported by the Southern Baptist Church, at the height of its existence Coleman College owned some 100 acres, of which ten were devoted to educational purposes. There were eight buildings which included classrooms, auditoriums, dormitories and an administrative building. Extracurricular activities included the Coleman College Choir, a Glee Club and intercollegiate athletics. Nicknamed the Bulldogs, Coleman College’s chief athletic rival was the Grambling College Tigers. Enrollment reached as high as 400 in some years and Coleman College graduated hundreds of teachers and preachers before closing its doors in 1944. Among its graduates were the first president of Louisiana’s Southern University, Dr. J.S. Clark, and Ada Bell Lewis Coleman, the mother of Mildred Coleman Marks, Georgia Coleman McClaron and Geraldine Coleman Gaillord (the oldest surviving heirs) and the late McVicker Monroe Coleman, Jr. Professor Coleman, leaves behind a strong legacy of public service through his great grandson John R. Marks III, the Mayor of the City of Tallahassee, Florida.

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