James Monroe Frazier

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James Monroe Frazier, Sr.

(African-American educator
from Louisiana)

Born January 24, 1879
Bienville Parish
Louisiana, USA
Died May 3, 1956
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Spouse (1) Eleanor Victorine Kyzer Frazier (married 1906)

(2) Gladys Duncan Frazier (married 1930)

Religion Baptist

James Monroe Frazier (January 24, 1879 – May 3, 1956) was an African-American educator from the U.S. state of Louisiana.

Born near Gibsland in Bienville Parish in north Louisiana, Frazier was the third child and first son of Nelson Frazier and the former Dilsey Edwards. He completed high school in Gibsland at the former Coleman Academy, a private boarding secondary school. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1906 from Leland University in New Orleans.  He engaged in post-graduate work in the middle 1920s at the University of Chicago. In 1937, he obtained a Master of Arts in education from the University of Iowa at Iowa City.[1]

In his professional career, Frazier began in 1907 as the principal of Junction City Academy in Junction City in Union County in south Arkansas. The next year, he became principal of all-black school in Alexandria in Rapides Parish. From 1910-1940, he was principal at the historically black McKinley High School in the capital city of Baton Rouge. He was also supervising principal for the East Baton Rouge Parish  schools from 1908 to 1941. From 1941 to 1952, he was president of black Leland College in Baker in East Baton Rouge Parish. From 1918 to 1920, he was the president of the Louisiana Colored Teachers Association (since the Louisiana Association of Educators). From 1926 to 1928, he was the executive secretary of the association. The J. M. Frazier, Sr., Vocational Education Complex was named in his honor posthumously in  June 1983,[1] location unavailable.

In 1906, Frazier married the former Eleanor Victorine Kyzer of New Orleans, by whom he had two sons and a daughter, James Monroe Frazier, Jr. (1907-1983), a former elementary school principal in Baton Rouge;[2] Harold Joab Frazier (1910-1991) of Baton Rouge,[3] and Leanor Victorine (born 1913; deceased). From a second marriage in 1930, he wed the former Gladys Duncan,[1] by whom he had a daughter, Joyce Carmen Frazier Hardaway (born 1938). He was a Baptist and a member of the Masonic lodge. He died in Baton Rouge at the age of seventy-seven. His two sons are interred at Gilbert Memorial Cemetery in Baton Rouge.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Frazier, James Monroe", A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography. Louisiana Historical Association. Retrieved on September 26, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 James Monroe Frazier, Jr.. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on September 26, 2017.
  3. Harold Joab Frazier. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on September 26, 2017.