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Abner Jean "Val" Jackson

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Mortuary Owner
Civic Activist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Cabbage, Spinach, Ham Hocks
Favorite Time of Year:
November, December
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Whatever it takes.

Birthplace

Born:
4/22/1933
Birth Location:
Wichita, Kansas

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Mortuary Owner
Civic Activist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Cabbage, Spinach, Ham Hocks
Favorite Time of Year:
November, December
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Whatever it takes.

Birthplace

Born:
4/22/1933
Birth Location:
Wichita
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Biography

For nearly sixty years, the Jackson Mortuary has been an institution in Wichita, Kansas. The family-owned and -operated mortuary and its owners, twin brothers Abner Val Jean Jackson, Sr. and Anderson Eugene Jackson, hold a place of honor in the community of Wichita.

Abner Val Jackson, Sr. was born in Wichita in 1933. He graduated from North High School. He served in the U.S. Army and had the distinction of being one of the first African American to serve with the Wichita Fire Department. He left the department in 1967 after twelve years to join the family business. While running the business, he and his wife, Erma, operated Jackson Realty and Skin Appeal Cosmetics, managed Calvary Towers Senior Citizen Housing Project and had other business holdings. In 1982, Jackson retired and turned the mortuary business over to his twin sons.

Along with his position as vice president of Jackson Mortuary, earning his funeral director’s license in 1961, Jackson served his community through his membership in organizations like the National Urban League and the NAACP. He was involved in policymaking for the City of Wichita and was honored by the city and the State of Kansas in acknowledgment of his commitment to the community. He served as chairman of the Metropolitan Planning Commission, the Board of Directors for the City of Wichita and the Board of Trustees for Wichita’s Calvary Baptist Church. Jackson has four children: Val Jean Jackson, Jr.; Michael E. Jackson; Kimberly Jackson-Landrum; and Stephanie Jackson Cousin. He also has eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Jackson passed away on October 14, 2002.

Jackson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 30, 2002.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Abner Jackson interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Abner Jackson's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Abner Jackson describes his family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Abner Jackson remembers his grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Abner Jackson discusses his parents' avocations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Abner Jackson recounts his childhood in Wichita, Kansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Abner Jackson reflects on life with his twin brother, Genie
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Abner Jackson recalls growing up with his twin brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Abner Jackson details his high school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Abner Jackson recounts his early career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Abner Jackson describes running a family funeral business
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Abner Jackson discusses the rewards of living in a community where everyone knows each other
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Abner Jackson discusses different types of funeral wakes or repasts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Abner Jackson reflects on his life and career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Abner Jackson discusses his community activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Abner Jackson ponders his legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Abner Jackson illustrates his parents' pride in his career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Abner Jackson reflects on how he'd like to be remembered
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Photo - Newspaper clipping about Abner Jackson, Wichita, Kansas, ca. 1967-1968
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Photo - Abner Jackson with his brother in the Army, Bayonne, New Jersey, ca. 1954-1955
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Photo - Abner Jackson with his wife, Erma Jackson, Wichita, Kansas, ca. early 1990s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Photo - Abner Jackson with his twin brother, Wichita, Kansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Photo - Abner Jackson with his brother, Anderson Eugene Jackson, Charles McAfee, and Cendant representative, Wichita, Kansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Photo - Abner Jackson with his family, Wichita, Kansas, ca. 1989-1990
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Photo - Abner Jackson with his twin brother, Eugene, and neighbor, Leila Mae Baker, Wichita, Kansas, ca. 1935
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - Photo - Abner Jackson with his twin brother, Anderson Eugene Jackson, Wichita, Kansas, ca. 1936
  • Tape: 3 Story: 15 - Photo - Abner Jackson 'hanging' on telephone pole with his brother below, Wichita, Kansas, ca. 1930s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 16 - Photo - Abner Jackson with his twin brother and parents in front of their company hearse, Wichita, Kansas, ca. 1934-1935
  • Tape: 3 Story: 17 - Photo - Shiloh Baptist Church, Wichita, Kansas, 1943