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John T. Jackson

John T. Jackson

On April 1, 1891, John T. Jackson became the postmasteer of Alanthus, Virginia.  When he began his career, the twenty-nine year old was greeted with threats from those unwilling to accept an African-American in that position.  He remained in his job for 49 years, retiring in 1940.

Jackson's wife, Lille, worked as the town's postmaster for seven months after John's retirement.  The family kept his distribution case and donated it to the Smithsonian Institution in the late 1890's.

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Updated: 9-1-2021