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Jackson, Pierre W. "Red"

(born: 1927  -  died: 2014) 

Pierre Wallace Jackson was born in Detroit, MI and grew up in Henderson, KY. A 1949 graduate of Kentucky State College (now Kentucky State University [KSU]), he was inducted into the KSU Hall of Fame in 1975.

During his junior year at the college, Jackson was a champion boxer, having won two lighter weight titles and the African American division heavyweight title at the The Herald-Leader's 1948 Golden Gloves Tournament. He was coached by Bob Carson. Jackson also received the Sportsman's Award during the tournament. In 1949, Jackson won the tournament's middleweight title. In addition to being a boxer, Jackson also played center on the KSU football team.

Jackson was also inducted into the Henderson County Sports Hall of Fame, the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame, and the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. He was the founder of the Henderson County NAACP Branch. He is included in the August 2014, City of Henderson Proclamation "Celebrating Henderson, KY, Our Carr Ancestral Home."

Jackson died in August of 2014 in Evansville, IN. He was the son of Marianna Johnson and Perry W. Jackson.

For more see Pierre W. "Red" Jackson's photos in the Kentucky State University 1948-1949 yearbooks (online). Additional information provided by B. Morelock at CESKAA. See also Pierre “Red” Jackson, Douglass 1945 at the Henderson County Sports Hall of Fame website; Jenkins, Ron, "Former Douglass player, coach Jackson dies," Evansville Courier and Press, Aug. 28, 2014; and Boyett, Frank, "Pierre Jackson's life to be celebrated at JFK center," Evansville Courier and Press, Oct 17, 2014 (which includes this photograph)

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