New Iberia in Iberia Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Louisiana's First Black Female Physician Dr. Emma Wakeﬁeld~Paillet
(November 21,1868-August 26, 1946)
In 1897, Dr. Emma Wakefield became the first Black woman to earn a medical degree in Louisiana. Born and raised in New Iberia to state senator Samuel Wakefield & Amelia Valentine Wakefield, Emma graduated with honors from the medical department of New Orleans University and was licensed to practice medicine in Louisiana and California. She married Joseph Oscar Paillet of Opelousas in San Francisco in 1900.
Erected by The Iberia African American Historical Society (IAAHS).
Location. 30° 0.371′ N, 91° 49.109′ W. Marker is in New Iberia, Louisiana, in Iberia Parish. Marker is on West Main Street near Iberia Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 128 West Main Street, New Iberia LA 70560, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Gouguenheim Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Steamboat Era (within shouting distance of this marker); Lieutenant Colonel Francisco Bouligny (within shouting distance of this marker); Provost's Café and Bar/Clementine Fine Dining and Spirits (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wormser's Department Store (about 300 feet away); Church Alley (about 400 feet away); The Great Fire (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Church Alley (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Iberia.
More about this marker. Located in front of the Bouligny Plaza.
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