Business-driven individual with more than twenty-five years working as Director and Curator for museums and non-profit organizations. Focused Exec. Director and Public Historian considered an expert in Louisiana African American history and culture.
Effectively managed all facets of exhibit production with strong project management and decision-making skills. Innovative and driven with natural leadership talent and analytical problem-solving expertise.
Highly effective Exec. Director, Public Historian and Curator with excellent oversight skills coupled with more than twenty-five years of experience. Researched, developed and edited scripts and storyline for exhibits, historic markers, kiosks and documentary films, travel television and virtual interactives.
Highly effective and comfortable working with people at all organizational levels. Created engaging exhibits that are entertaining and educational for diverse audiences. Creative visionary with a keen-eye for enhancing existing productions, programs and exhibits.
Skilled at organizing conferences, festivals and community programs by coordinating documentation, production plans and resources to complete work under tight schedules.
Strategic-thinking individual experienced in turning low-performing organizations into a higher profiled institution with more diverse audiences.
Offering engaging and pleasant personality with expertise improving audience relationships.
Experienced in budget control and employee mentoring and coaching.
A public historian seeking new opportunities where hard work and dedication will be highly valued with a proactive approach to producing high-quality end results.
Exhibit design with research experience and applied determination and attention to detail. Dynamic Director recognized industry-wide for creative leadership and artistic innovation.
Recipient of multiple awards, including American Preservation Award from American Legacy Magazine, Barton Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management from the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, State Preservation Award from the Foundation for Historical Louisiana, Rural Tourism Success Story Award from the Louisiana Lt. Governor's Office of Culture, Recreation nd Tourism. Martin Luther King Service Award from the La. State Legislature, Role Model Award from the Links, Inc. and the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Merit Award as Guest Curator for the West Baton Rouge Museum.
Successful at bringing out best interpretative vision to documentary film production and virtual experiences. Highly talented in crafting the storyline for historical and musical documentaries. Ready to take on new position in consulting for the film industry. Experienced in advising production video input and audio for live shows. Enthusiastic historian eager to contribute to team success of historical films and documentaries.
National Museum of African American History and Culture, Task Force
Association of African American Museums, Past President
American Association of Museums, Member
Louisiana Association of Museums, Past Board Member
American Association of Museums, Member
Southeastern Museums Conference, , Member
Governor's Mississippi River Corridor Commission, Member
Governor's Archaeological Survey and Antiquities Commission, Member
Southern University A. A. Task Force for Rebuilding New Orleans, Member
JUKE JOINT MEN, Author (2019)
OUR ROOTS RUN DEEP, A HISTORY OF THE RIVER ROAD AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM, Foreword and Co-Author, (2002)
HAUNTED BY SLAVERY: A MEMOIR of a SOUTHERN WHITE in the FREEDOM STRUGGLE, Endorsement Statement, (2021)
PRESENTATIONS, DOCUMENTARIES & PUBLICATIONS
JUKE JOINT MEN
HAUNTED by HISTORY
Foreword; Our Roots Run Deep: A History of the River Road African American Museum (2002)
Research Consultant; Glimpses of Black Life along Bayou Lafourche (2012)
Research and Scholar; Freedom's Journey: A Teacher's Guide to Understanding the Underground Railroad in South Louisiana (2005)
Special Presentations and Conference Sessions
The Smithsonian Institution Heritage Preservation Forum, Telling the Whole Story: Interpreting Sensitive Objects Related to Slavery (2004)
The Smithsonian Institution Material Culture Forum, Preserving What Remains (2007)
Numerous other conferences and speaking engagements at churches, schools and universities.
Interviews: Documentaries & Newspapers
Haunted History, BBC Learning Channel
A Lion's Tale, Illusion Productions
River Road Requiem; Louisiana Public Television
Black Townshipsacross America; HGTV
Faded Ladies; WYES New Orleans
Dan Cruickshank's Adventures in Architecture for BBC Television Network
Good Morning America with Bryant Gumbel
The New York Times, The Tokyo Times, The London Sunday Times
Exhibit Design and Curation
Cuttin' Cane A'int All We Do: Slavery to Civil Rights
West Baton Rouge Museum Juke Joint
Creole du Monde
Centered Around Culture: Quilts by Cely Pedescleaux
The Square Collection
Washboard City: Folk Art by Malaika Favorite
The Protest Doll Movement
Rights Civil Moved Here: Art, artifacts and photographs about the Civil Rights Movement in the Baton Rouge, Plaquemine, and other rural communities.
Always With Style: Original documents, artifacts, photos of Madame C. J. Walker and Madame Poro.
Up In Arms: Documents, photographs, and artifacts of the black military experience in Louisiana (War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish American War, and WWII).
Rural Black Doctors: Photographs, documents, and artifacts of local black doctors who received medical degrees in Louisiana as early as the 1890' .
International Black Dolls: A collection of 300 black dolls from around the world and an examination of the black doll experiment of Dr. Kenneth Clarke
Freedom's Journey on South Louisiana: an interactive kiosk and an exhibit on freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad in Louisiana.
Rural Roots of Jazz: A virtual and permanent exhibit highlighting the music and achievements of jazz musicians from the sugarcane plantation region of La. featuring Joe “King” Oliver, Pops Foster, Plas Johnson, Clarence Williams, and Papa Celestine and many others
Africa's Influence on Louisiana Cuisine: Art and artifacts, related to the culinary history of Africa, New Orleans, and the rural sugarcane region of Louisiana.
TheFreedom Garden: an interactive garden with text panels, edible and medicinal plants that freedom seekers could have used on the Louisiana Underground Railroad.
Monde de Coleur Libre: a compilation of documents from the Ascension Parish courthouse
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