NELA Music Trail unveils newest marker at Monroe Civic Center

MONROE, Louisiana (KNOE) – On Saturday, the city of Monroe honored the many artists who have performed at the Monroe Civic Center over the past few decades.

The celebration started inside the Jack Howard Theater and will take place in front of the Center on January 21, 2023.

Supporters and former concert-goers walked by the fountain in front of the Monroe Civic Center to watch the eighth marker of the NELA Music Trail being unveiled. The marker has a list of names of musical artists who have performed in arenas in the last 55 years, including Tina Turner and Elvis Presley.

The longtime resident and former concert-goer remembers hittingchhiking to Monroe for the opening of the Civic Center.

“You could hitchhike anywhere back then. People will take you anywhere. You can stand out. I don’t think I’ve ever stood more than five minutes waiting for a ride,” says E, who lives in Monroe. says Oram Young. “Actually, today I had to. My car was blinking and I had to drive here today, which reminded me of hitchhiking back then.”

The unveiling of the marker was free and open to the public. The marker is now available for Monroe residents and visitors to see at the Civic Center.

Music Trail founder Enoch Doyle Jeter said NELA will continue to roll out markers in 11 parishes this year.

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