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The following individuals have each agreed to serve as a member of the IAAHS Board of Directors for a three-year period:

Phebe Hayes, Ph.D.
Founder/President
Dr. Phebe Hayes, a life-long resident of Iberia Parish, retired from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette after 26 years of service (Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders, 1986-2013; and Dean of the College of General Studies, 1998-2013). Dr. Hayes is the descendant of West African ancestors who were enslaved on local plantations. Four of her ancestral grandfathers fought for their freedom as members of the United States Colored Infantry (USCI) formerly, the Corps d’Afrique, and one fought as a member of the Union Navy. Following retirement, Dr. Hayes began researching the history of African Americans of Iberia Parish from the pre-colonial Louisiana period to the end of the Jim Crow era of segregation. What she found was exciting and demanded to be shared with the Iberia Parish community.

Rose Susan E. Dorsey, Esq.
Vice President
Ms. Rose Susan E. Dorsey is an attorney and, by adoption, a descendant of Dr. Eddie Lorenzo Dorsey, one of the black physicians forcibly expelled from Iberia Parish in 1944. She is also a blood descendant of Freetown Massacre victims. Ms. Dorsey is a reader, memoirist, poet, tourist/traveler, and collector.  She currently lives and practices in Franklin.

 

 

Rosalind M. Garrett
Secretary
Ms. Rosalind M. Garrett is a native and resident of New Iberia. She has been an educator in Iberia Parish public and private schools for 23 years. Currently, she serves as the master teacher for grades 3-6 at Park Elementary. She has been a member of the New Iberia Historic District Commission since 2003 and currently serves as Vice Chairperson. Ms. Markle is a descendant of African American brick masons whose work is evident in many New Iberia homes, including those in the historic district.

 

Doris Robert
Treasurer
Ms. Doris Robert is treasurer of The Iberia African American Historical Society. She is also a retired educator from the Iberia Parish School System. She is the owner of Robert Tax & Notary Service and a longtime member of the Star Pilgrim Baptist Church. Doris is recognized as a Christian Educator at the State & District Levels. She is also a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

 

 

Jayd Buteaux
Ms. Buteaux is the Marketing & Programs Manager at The Shadows-on-the-Teche. She is a New Iberia native and completed her undergraduate degree in History and Secondary Education at LSU-BR. Ms. Buteaux did graduate work at UNC-Wilmington in Public History. While in Wilmington, she interned in the education departments at both the Bellamy Mansion Museum and the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science. She returned to New Iberia after spending the last few years in Durham, North Carolina, at Historic Stagville, the site of the largest enslaved population in North Carolina. At Stagville, she was responsible for reinvigorating a dormant genealogy program focused on descendants of the enslaved community and expanding the site’s interpretation into the present day.

John Reedom
Mr. Reedom, a local historian and musician, was a founding member of the Bunk Johnson Jazz, Arts & Heritage Festival, Inc., of New Iberia. He retired as a sociology instructor from the South Louisiana Community College. Mr. Reedom serves as the historian and music director of St. Edward Roman Catholic Church, located in a historically African American Catholic parish. He recently oversaw the documentation of the church’s rich history for its 100th anniversary celebration. A member of a jazz ensemble, Mr. Reedom enjoys researching the history of local African American musicians. His interest also includes the local history of the Maroons, African slaves who created independent settlements in the Americas and sometimes mixed with indigenous people after escaping their plight.

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