Fundraising goal met for Jackson memorial

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 8, 2010

NATCHEZ — The family of civil rights hero Wharlest Jackson Sr. has met its fundraising goal for a commemorative marker.

Wharlest Jackson Jr. said Friday the $600 goal was met Friday. The marker will cost approximately $800. Wharlest Jr. and sister Denise Ford each contributed $100.

Jackson, 36, died on Feb. 27, 1967, when a planted bomb exploded in his Chevy pickup. Jackson, a black man, had recently been promoted at the Armstrong Tire Factory to a job that had been traditionally done by whites.

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Jackson’s killers were never found.

Ford said in a previous report the marker will be placed along Minor Street, the site of the bombing.