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Sharon Batiste Gillins

Portrait of Sharon Batiste Gillins M.S., Educational Technology, University of the District of Columbia

Lecturer: Course 7

Sharon Batiste Gillins is a native of Galveston, Texas with paternal ancestral roots in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana and maternal roots in Fort Bend County, Texas. She nurtures a life-long interest in her family's history and has been actively researching African American family history for over twenty years. While researching her own family, she developed an in interest in Louisiana's unique record systems and continues to identify new strategies to analyze a variety of record types for vital information on enslaved ancestors.

Ms. Gillins is currently working on a project for the Mary Moody Northen Endowment to place the family's significant hidden collection of personal and business manuscripts and photographs in the special archival collection of a major university for research and conservation. The impressive collection dates from the 18th Century and includes many unique Antebellum documentary artifacts.

Mrs. Gillins is a graduate of Howard University, with an MS in Educational Technology from the University of the District of Columbia. She is recently-retired as an Associate Professor at Riverside City College, Riverside, California.

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