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

Jackson, Pierre W. "Red"

(born: 1927  -  died: 2014) 

Pierre Wallace Jackson, was born in Detroit, MI and grew up in Henderson, KY. He was a 1949 graduate of Kentucky State College (now Kentucky State University [KSU]) and a 1975 inductee into the KSU Hall of Fame. 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 was an outstanding athlete who also played center on the KSU football team. Additional information provided by B. Morelock at CESKAA. Pierre W. Jackson was also an inductee to the Henderson County Sports Hall of Fame, the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame, and the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. Pierre W. Jackson was 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." Pierre Wallace 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).

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NKAA Entry: Center of Excellence for the Study of Kentucky African Americans (CESKAA)
NKAA Entry: Carr, Maria Powell
NKAA Source: Kentucky State University yearbooks

Related Entries Citing this Entry

NKAA Entry:  African American Boxers in Kentucky, Photographs
NKAA Entry:  Johnson, Marianna

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