NEW IBERIA, La. -The Shadows-on-the-Teche is excited to announce that they are a recipient of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Rebirth Grant.
The grant will fund a Spring 2021 speaker series featuring four respected Louisiana historians who will present public programs on Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and Civil Rights history for southern Louisiana with a focus on Iberia Parish. This series is part of the reinterpretation work the Shadows is doing to tell a more complete history of the site and the people who lived and worked on the Weeks family plantations.
Speakers for the series include:
Dr. Charles Vincent, the Louis-Jetson-Lamar Cooperation Professor of History at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, who will discuss Reconstruction and Jim Crow history in southern Louisiana;
Dr. Ian Beamish, Assistant Professor of History at University of Louisiana at Lafayette;
Dr. Phebe Hayes, native and life-long resident of Iberia Parish who is a descendant of West Africans enslaved on area plantations, including the Shadows, during the antebellum period;
Kenetha Harrington, PhD candidate in Anthropology at Louisiana State University and 2019 National Trust for Historic Preservation summer intern at Shadows where she worked on locating genealogical records for descendants of African Americans connected to the Shadows both during times of slavery and after freedom.
The series, once officially announced, will be offered free of charge. To stay-up-to-date on Shadows programs and events, please follow them on Facebook and Instagram and sign up for their event newsletter.