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Jackman, Parker Hiram

(born: 1845  -  died: 1915) P. Hiram Jackman was born enslaved on May 24, 1845  near Creelsboro, KY, the son of George Jackman, according to his death certificate. He was taught to read and write before he became a freeman.

After fighting in the Civil War, he taught in the Colored schools in Adair and Russell Counties, KY. One of the first African American teachers in the area, he continued to teach for 45 years. Jackman was also a minister and performed the first marriage ceremony in Adair County for an African American couple.

In 1908, he and others attempted to establish a Colored library in Columbia, KY. The Rosenwald School, built on Taylor Street in Columbia in 1925, was named after Hiram Jackman; it was one of five schools for African Americans in Adair County. The school burned down in 1953.

P. Hiram Jackman was the husband of Francis Jackman.

For more see "The Story of Hiram Jackman, for whom Jackman High Named," Columbia Adair County-Chamber Insights [online] at; "Rosenwald School: Jackman High, Taylor St., Columbia, KY," plaque photograph [online]; "Dedication of Jackman High commemorative well attended, 8/12/2006, Columbia Magazine [online]; and "Commemorating Jackman graded and high school," photo, 8/12/2006, Columbia Magazine [online].

For more on the number of enslaved and free African Americans in Adair County, see the NKAA entry for Adair County (KY) Enslaved, Free Blacks, and Free Mulattoes 1850-1870. See also the NKAA entry for African American Schools in Adair County, KY.

Kentucky County & Region

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