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OH113 Hugh Jackson Oral History

Hugh Jackson Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project - Lifestyles

Series Number: OH113

Interviewee: Jackson, Hugh

Interviewer: Peyton, Bill

Date interviewed: July 5, 1979

Processed by:  Tara Marcum

Date processed: June 20, 2011

Description: 1 sound disc (36 minutes) (Poor Sound Quality)

Abstract: Hugh Jackson recalls his childhood and early adulthood in Mayfield, Kentucky during the 1920s and 1930s. He describes the African American community of Mayfield and his education in segregated schools. Jackson mentions his first job at a local grocery store and attending St. James African Methodist Church. He vividly recalls his high school days at the Dunbar School. He concluded with a discussion on his career as a teacher and politician.

Biographical / Historical note: Hugh Jackson was born in Mayfield, Kentucky on March 3, 1919 to Fannie and Haley Jackson. He attended elementary and high school at the Dunbar School, an independent black school. He graduated high school in 1933 and began taking classes in the fall of 1934 at West Kentucky Industrial College. He completed his studies there in 1936 and in 1937 attended Rust College in Holy Springs, Mississippi. Jackson graduated from Rust in 1939 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In the fall of 1942, he began teaching at Milton Elementary School in Fulton, Kentucky. He remained at Milton for seven years before returning to Mayfield. In 1959, Jackson became the first black candidate to run for City Council in Mayfield.

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Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Jackson, Hugh, 1919-

Mayfield (Ky.) – History.

Dunbar High School (Mayfield, Ky.)

West Kentucky Industrial College (McCracken County, Ky.)

African Americans – Kentucky – Mayfield.

Segregation in education – Kentucky.

Milton Elementary School (Fulton, Ky.)