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Profession

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

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Beans (Green)
Favorite Time of Year:
October, November
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Dallas, Texas
Favorite Quote:
I'm still putting up with it.

Birthplace

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

Profession

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

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Beans (Green)
Favorite Time of Year:
October, November
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Dallas, Texas
Favorite Quote:
I'm still putting up with it.

Birthplace

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

Businessman and community leader Anderson "Gene" Jackson has taken the family business, Jackson Mortuary, to new levels. Founded in 1926 by his grandfather, Jackson Mortuary was opened to serve Wichita's African American community and under Jackson's leadership, continues to do so today. Born on April 22, 1933, to Janett and Abner Jackson, Jr., Jackson's commitment to maintaining the family tradition has resulted in national recognition, growth, and commitment to service.

Jackson has spent the majority of his life in the family business. After returning from military service in 1955, he began work at Jackson Mortuary. In 1968, Jackson received his mortician's license from California Mortuary of Science. In 1982, after the death of his father, Abner Jackson, Jr., he became president of Jackson Mortuary and has grown the business significantly.

In addition to being a successful mortician, Jackson is extremely active in the Wichita community in both business and civic capacities. Jackson sits on the boards of many organizations committed to community economic development, including the Private Industry Council and the Kansas Department of Commerce. Additionally, Jackson was elected to the Kansas Gas and Electric Company's Board of Directors in March 1994 and he serves as president of the Wichita Chapter of the National Business League. He formerly served as president of the Kansas State Board of Mortuary Arts.

Jackson's business leadership and the commitment of the Jackson Mortuary to family service continues into a fifth generation. Jackson is married to Barbara Jackson and they are the parents of two daughters, Debra Dudley and Timna Jackson, and the grandparents of three.

Anderson Jackson passed away on September 9, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Anderson Jackson's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Anderson Jackson remembers his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Anderson Jackson discusses his family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Anderson Jackson remembers the Wichita, Kansas community of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Anderson Jackson describes his childhood avocations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Anderson Jackson recalls his home life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Anderson Jackson discusses the birth of he and twin, Abner Jackson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Anderson Jackson describes life with his twin brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Anderson Jackson discusses his family's values
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Anderson Jackson recalls his educational and career pursuits in the 1950s, 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Anderson Jackson describes his family relations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Anderson Jackson describes the philosophy behind his family's funeral home
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Anderson Jackson discusses trends in the mortuary services industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Anderson Jackson describes the diverse funerals he has arranged
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Anderson Jackson discusses the role of empathy in the mortuary services industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Anderson Jackson recalls his tenure on the Kansas State Board of Mortuary Arts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Anderson Jackson discusses the vision of the National Business League of Wichita, Kansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Anderson Jackson considers successors to his family's business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Anderson Jackson discusses his civic involvement in Wichita, Kansas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Anderson Jackson reflects on the economic prospects of young African Americans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Anderson Jackson shares his personal philosophy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Anderson Jackson describes how he'd like to be remembered