G. W. Jackson moved to Corsicana in the 1800s to teach at one
of the first schools for African American children in North Texas. G. W. Jackson
High School was named in his honor and educated students for about 50 years
until it was closed in the 1970s in order to comply with federal desegregation
orders. In 2007, the city council voted to rename East Fifth Avenue to G. W.
Jackson Avenue in his honor.
July 22, 1940
George W. Jackson, died Jul. 1940
Negro Educator Dies
CORSICANA, Texas, July 22. George W. Jackson, 80, pioneer Negro educator, civic,
church and fraternal leader, died here Sunday night. He had been principal of
the local Negro schools for forty-five years prior to his retirement, and was
grand master of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows six years. He was the
author of a number of books, and a graduate of Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn.
Surviving are his wife and a son, B. A. Jackson. Harvard graduate and now
connected with the New York City Post Office.
PROMINENT NEGRO EDUCATOR BURIED TUESDAY AFTERNOON
Funeral services for G. W. Jackson, aged 80 years, pioneer negro educator,
civic, religious and fraternal leader and author, who died Sunday night, were
held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Bethel A. M. E. church, with burial
in Woodland cemetery here.
A native of Alabama, Jackson came to Navarro county in 1876, and taught school,
with the exception of four years spent at Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn.,
until his retirement several years ago. He was principal of the local negro
schools for 45 years. G. W. Jackson Negro High school was named in his honor. He
was grand master of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows for six years, and
held numerous other lesser offices. He was also a Knight of Pythias and Mason.
Surviving are his wife and a sister of Corsicana and a son in New York City.