Cheerful, talented, kindhearted and loving, those are just a few words Wanda Dunn would describe the late Dr. Isaac Greggs.
“He was such a happy and jolly and loving person. He was always laughing and smiling and just full of life,” said Dr. Greggs.
Many people knew Dr. Greggs as the 36-year veteran director of Southern University’s Human Jukebox Marching Band, but for Dunn, she knows who as her adopted uncle.
Dunn wanted his legacy to live on, so she worked with him and his wife, Rose, to get him inducted into the Lincoln Theatre Hall of Fame before he passed away in 2014.
“I thought about it, I said ‘Wow! This made such a difference in his life and made him so happy.’ I thought about it, and I said ‘It would really be nice if I could possibly get this into the Smithsonian.'”
That is exactly what she did with help from his family and the Smithsonian Institution. A piece of Dr. Greggs’s legacy will now be on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture.
“Dr. Greggs’s entire marching band uniform will be on exhibit as well as one of his first trumpet from the 1960s. We also sent a video of the Human Jukebox with him performing with the Southern University Marching Band,” said Dunn.
Dunn said even though Dr. Greggs is know longer with us in this world, he is smiling down on us all.
“Because he mentored, touched and changed so many students lives beyond Baton Rouge, Southern, Shreveport and Louisiana on a whole and put Southern on the map, literally. He is in my opinion an international icon,” said Dunn.
The new Smithsonian African-American History and Culture museum will have its grand opening Saturday, September 24th, in D.C.
Dr. Greggs’s belongings won’t be the only artifacts from Louisiana on display. If you’d like to see what else, just head to the link below: