Shreveport, LA(KSLA)- Mayor Cedric B. Glover issued a proclamation on Saturday declaring Sunday, November 7, "Barksdale Founders Day" in recognition of Shreveport's history as the founder of Barksdale Air Force Base.
On November 7, 1930, eighty years ago, the City of Shreveport signed documents turning over 22,000 acres of land to the federal government for the creation of a new Army airfield. The City of Shreveport annexed the land in Bossier Parish, just south of the 1930 location of Bossier City, and provided connections to water utility and infrastructure. The City of Shreveport continues to supply water to the base today.
"It is an honor to proclaim Barksdale Founders Day and in doing so recognize Shreveport's significant role in the history of Barksdale," said the Mayor.
"It is important to recognize the important and vital contributions of Shreveport civic and business leaders so many years ago that helped bring Barksdale to this area. These leaders also instilled in their children and grandchildren the importance of serving their community, and Shreveport continues to reap the benefits of their service."