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

Jackson, John Henry

(born: October 31, 1850  -  died: June 21, 1919) 

Educated at Berea College, John H. Jackson was the last African American professor hired at the school before its 1904 segregation. He was the first president of the State Association of Colored Teachers [later named the Kentucky Negro Educational Association], first president of State Normal School for Colored Persons [now Kentucky State University], president of Lincoln High Schools in Kansas City, MO, and author of History of Education: from the Greeks to present time.

John H. Jackson was also an early African American enumerator for the Census Bureau [unbeknownst to the Census Bureau], he was hired by the local census officer in 1880 to count African Americans in the 068 District of Lexington, KY.

He was the son of Jordon C. Jackson, Sr., a well-known businessman, and James Ann Jackson, and he was the brother of Jordan C. Jackson, Jr. John H. Jackson was born in Lexington, KY. Limited information about John H. Jackson can be found at Kentucky State University Library

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“Jackson, John Henry,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed May 26, 2024,

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