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New Iberia in Iberia Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Eddie L. Dorsey, MD; Ima Pierson, DDS; Howard C. Scoggins, MD; Luins Williams, MD

May 17-18, 1944

 
 
Eddie L. Dorsey, MD; Ima Pierson, DDS; Howard C. Scoggins, MD; Luins Williams, MD Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, February 14, 2020
1. Eddie L. Dorsey, MD; Ima Pierson, DDS; Howard C. Scoggins, MD; Luins Williams, MD Marker
Inscription.  
Along with leaders of the newly formed NAACP chapter, Drs. Dorsey, Pierson, Scoggins, and Williams were violently expelled from Iberia Parish on May 17-18, 1944, because they supported Black workers, who successfully petitioned the federal government for a welding school. As welders, the workers anticipated access to industrial jobs and better pay. Local segregationists resisted, wanting to restrict them to low-wage agricultural & service jobs. NAACP chapter leaders were also expelled, some brutally: Herman Faulk, J. Leo Hardy, Octave Lilly, and Franzella Volter.
 
Erected 2019 by The Iberia African American Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsScience & Medicine. A significant historical date for this entry is May 17, 1944.
 
Location. 30° 0.239′ N, 91° 49.433′ W. Marker is in New Iberia, Louisiana, in Iberia Parish. Marker is at the intersection of French Street and Field Street, on the right when traveling west on French Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 French Street, New Iberia LA 70560, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Peter's Cemetery (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Booker T. Washington's Historic Visit to Howe Institute / Howe Institute (approx. 0.2 miles away); Howe Institute (approx. 0.2 miles away); Iberia Courthouse Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Erath Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Gouguenheim Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Church Alley (approx. 0.4 miles away); Louisiana's First Black Female Physician Dr. Emma Wakefield~Paillet (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Iberia.
 
Eddie L. Dorsey, MD; Ima Pierson, DDS; Howard C. Scoggins, MD; Luins Williams, MD Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, February 14, 2020
2. Eddie L. Dorsey, MD; Ima Pierson, DDS; Howard C. Scoggins, MD; Luins Williams, MD Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 15, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 307 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 15, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.

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