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About Dr. Denice Evans-Sheppard

Dr. Denice Evans-Sheppard recently earned a Doctorate in Education degree from Molloy University. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Oyster Bay Historical Society for the past seven years and has provided the community with lectures, programs and curated exhibits promoting the significance of the Town of Oyster Bay’s incredible history. Her dissertation focused on community residents and their perceptions of African American historical contributions in the hamlet of Oyster Bay during the 17th through the 20th centuries. 

Currently, Denice serves on the IDEA Committee for the Oyster Bay East Norwich School District and has collaborated with school districts in Great Neck, Syosset, East Woods to discuss an insider’s perspective of Indigenous and African Americans during the colonial period on Long Island. Denice is a tribal member of the Montauk Tribal Nation and has been actively involved with the reinstatement of their tribal recognition since 1997.

Denice is most known for being a family historian and historical gatekeeper of the Carl family history which prompted her to conduct research for the history of her great, great, grandfather, Civil War Veteran, David Carll of Oyster Bay, who voluntarily served in the N.Y. 26th USCT Regiment. Her research had been utilized to further assist her cousin, celebrity/actress Vanessa L. Williams on the Channel 4 WNBC “Who Do You Think You Are” television segment. Moving forward to 2022, Denice collaborated with relatives, Vanessa Williams, Iris Williams and Francis Carl to garner an Emmy nomination and a successful win for a 10 min historical segment during Black History Month. As a direct descendant of David Carll, she was presented with the Emmy award as a family research contributor through television Ebony Roundtree, producer for WABC Channel 7 Network.

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