Ms. Pearl L. Jackson, Educator
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Ms. Pearl L. Jackson, Educator

Ms. Pearl L. Jackson, Educator

Photo: Nadia K. Orton. All rights reserved.

“Funeral services for Miss Pearl L. Jackson, who died on May 4 at a local hospital after a brief illness were held Wednesday May 8, at the First Baptist Church, Mahan street with the Rev. James H. Harrell officiating.

Assisting with the rites were the Revs. C. J. Word, pastor of East End Baptist Church and the Rev. D. W. Lamb, pastor of Tynes Street Baptist Church.

During the services solos were rendered by Misses Alma Hayes of Portsmouth, Va., and Therese Brosier. Expressions from the Sunday school department of which the deceased was a teacher for 25 years, were given by H. C. Holman and Miss Myrtle Griffin, of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.


Active pallbearers were Luther Cross, Vandus Britt, Linwood Cross, Arthur White, James H. Estes, Jesse Richards, and Beverly Hunter. Honorary pallbearers were members of the seventh grade of which Miss Jackson was teacher, and other friends of the family.

30 Years of Service

Miss Jackson, a graduate of Virginia State College and a teacher in the public schools of Virginia for more than 30 years, having served most of these years in the Booker T. Washington School, was the daughter of Benjamin and Rosetta Jackson. Miss Jackson was a member of the First Baptist Church, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Women’s Federated Clubs of Virginia and the Flower Club of First Baptist Church.

Surviving the deceased are three sisters: Mrs. Jessie J. Leonard of Boston, Mass.; Madams L. Weaver of New York and Otelia J. Lundy of Washington D. C.

Friends and relatives were present from Boston, Mass., New York, Washington, D. C., and the Tidewater area. The United Order of Tents attended the final rites.

Interment amidst a profusion of floral tributes, was made in the family plot in Oaklawn Cemetery with T. E. Cook Funeral Company in charge.”1

Ms. Pearl L. Jackson


Ms. Jackson was a descendant of free persons of color (free African Americans) from Nansemond County, Virginia. Her parents, Benjamin Jackson, son of Walter Jackson, and Rosetta Riddick, married on February 5, 1874, in Nansemond County, Virginia.

  1. Source: Available upon request to the Sacred Grounds Project, Inc., or the Friends of Oak Lawn Cemetery.
Nadia Orton

Professional genealogist and public historian. Graduate of Duke University. President of the Sacred Grounds Project, Inc. Studying historic African American cemeteries and communities.

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