African American Researchers making historical reveal

A historical reveal will be taking place this weekend in the Houma Library.

The Terrebonne Parish African American Researchers will be presenting their findings from seven photos to the Terrebonne Parish Genealogical Society at the Terrebonne Parish Library Main Branch, Saturday, at noon.

 


“We were able to name all those people in the photos and they tied into people who made some wonderful strides in their lives,” said Margie Scoby, of the Terrebonne Parish African American Researchers. “They became doctors, lawyers, sheriffs, and educators.”

Scoby’s presentation intends to reveal letters, post cards, and photos of seven people. The people will include the New Orleans banjoist Alfred Lewis, and a member of the Lyons family, whom Scoby did not wish to disclose until Saturday.

The Lyons family member is a relative of General Lyons, a black sheriff of Terrebonne Parish from the reconstruction era. According to Scoby, this relative may also have ties to Thomas Jefferson.

The Terrebonne Parish Genealogical Society will be hosting Scoby as part of their monthly meeting. According to the president of the society, Lacey Trahan-Moate, the organization didn’t intend to have a guest speaker, but Scoby’s excitement drew interest.



The society has a bi-annual publication titled Terrebonne Lifeline, where the findings will be published.

“We’re excited for whatever it is she has,” said Trahan-Moate.