From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Jackson, Jordan C., Jr.

(born: 1848  -  died: 1918) 

Jordan C. Jackson, Jr. was born in Lexington, KY, the son of James Ann and Jordan C. Jackson, Sr. An attorney and an African American Republican leader in Kentucky, Jordan Jr. was the first African American undertaker in Lexington, along with his partner William M. Porter. Jackson eventually bought out Porter.

Prior to getting into the undertaking business, Jackson was editor of the American Citizen newspaper. He also contracted with the federal government to carry mail from the train to the post office. He was chairman of the committee behind the creation of Douglass Park in Lexington, KY. He was married to Isabelle Mitchell Jackson and brother of John H. Jackson.

For more see Biographical Sketches of Prominent Negro Men and Women of Kentucky, by W. D. Johnson; Ante-bellum free Negroes as race leaders in Virginia and Kentucky during Reconstruction (thesis), by C. B. King, p. 136; and "From Enslaved to Community Activist" at The Historical Marker website.

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Jackson, Eliza or Isabelle (Belle) Mitchell
NKAA Entry: Jackson, John Henry
NKAA Entry: Turner, Roxy
NKAA Source: American citizen (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Biographical sketches of prominent Negro men and women of Kentucky
NKAA Source: Ante-bellum free Negroes as race leaders in Virginia and Kentucky during Reconstruction (thesis)

Related Entries Citing this Entry

NKAA Entry:  Colored Union Benevolent Society No. 1 and No. 2 (Lexington, KY)
NKAA Entry:  Porter, William M.
NKAA Entry:  Jackson, Edward C.
NKAA Entry:  Lexington Emigration Association
NKAA Entry:  Yancey, Sadie Mae
NKAA Entry:  Halliday, Thelma Dorothy Yancey
NKAA Entry:  Jackson, Robert G. [Jackson Jubilee Singers]

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“Jackson, Jordan C., Jr.,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed July 30, 2021,

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