1. Charles Edmund Nash, Civil War Veteran, Politician, First African American representative elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the State of Louisiana. served a single two-year term in the United States House of Representatives from Louisiana. He was elected as a Republican to the Forty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1875, to March 3, 1877). He was unsuccessful as a candidate for reelection in 1876, as Redeemers regained control of Louisiana politics. He served briefly as postmaster at Washington in St. Landry Parish during the Chester A. Arthur administration, having served from only February 15 to May 1, 1882.
2. Olivia Ward Bush-Banks, author, poet and journalist of African American and Montaukett Native American descent. Ward celebrated both of her heritages in her poetry and writing. She was a regular contributor to the Colored Americanmagazine and wrote a column for the New Rochelle Westchester Record-Courier.
3. Benjamin Sherman “Scatman” Crothers, Entertainer, appeared in, or use his voice in over 52 films. A noted character actor, best known for his role in the TV series, “Chico and The Man.” Some of his best remembered films “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “The Shining,” “Lady Sings the Blues,” and “Roots.” Numerous guest appearances on a variety of television programs.
4. Ethel Mae Baines Sayles, administrator and biostatistician.
5. Marvelous Marvin Hagler, former professional boxer who wasundisputed world middleweight champion between 1980 and 1987. Hagler holds the distinction of having the highest KO% of all middleweight champions at 78%. In 1982, upset that network announcers often did not refer to him by his nickname of “Marvelous”, Hagler legally changed his name from “Marvin Nathaniel Hagler” to “Marvelous Marvin Hagler”. Hagler is an inductee of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame. In 2002 he was named the 17th greatest fighter of the past 80 years by Ring Magazine. The International Boxing Research Organisation (IBRO) rates Hagler as the sixth greatest middleweight of all time.
6. Charlie Hayes, former third baseman in Major League Baseballwho played for the San Francisco Giants (1988-1989, 1998-1999), Philadelphia Phillies (1989-1991, 1995), New York Yankees(1992, 1996-1997), Colorado Rockies (1993-1994), Pittsburgh Pirates (1996), Milwaukee Brewers (2000) and Houston Astros(2001). He batted and threw right-handed. In a 14-season career, Hayes posted a .262 batting average with 144 home runs and 740 RBI in 1547 games played. He caught the final out of the New York Yankees’ 1996 World Series victory.
7. Maxwell (Gerald Maxwell Rivera), played an important role in the development of the soul sub-genre, neo-soul. Maxwell began working with songwriter Leon Ware and noted guitarist Wah Wah Watson to record his debut Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite in the early 1990s. When the album was finished Columbia had doubts about its potential and shelved it for two years. The album was finally issued in 1996. Heavily inspired by the sound of classic soul music, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite did not catch on with audiences until the release of its second single, “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder),” which became a hit. Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite sold over 2,000,000 copies, earning 2X platinum status, and was nominated for a Grammy Award.