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Eddie T. Jackson Painting

Ms. Jackson was born on March 25th, 1902 in Tampa, Florida to Lee Roy and Woodie Julia Byrd Thomas. Eddie’s early training took place at The Harlem Academy in Tampa, Florida. Upon the death of her mother, Eddie moved to Orlando in 1914. In 1918 she finished Johnson Academy and later became the first black Orlando woman to have earned a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in 1924 from Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia. She was involved in the library services at the college. She later studied at Atlanta University and received a Certificate of Library Science. Eddie assumed her role for 22 years as Orlando’s first black librarian in June, 1924, until she retired in 1946 from the Booker T. Washington Branch of the Albertson Public Library.

This painting was unveiled on February 29, 2000 at an event honoring Ms Jackson. It was painted by John Stevens.

Read more about Eddie T. Jackson’s life and legacy on the Orange County Library System’s blog.

 

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Obituary: Mrs. Eddie T. Jackson

Mrs. Jackson was a librarian in Orlando from1924 until she retired in 1946. Orlando's first black librarian, born March 25, 1902; died October 26, 1979.


Honoring Eddie T. Jackson

Mrs. Eddie T. Jackson was Orlando's first librarian of African-American heritage. She was the librarian at the Booker T. Washington branch library from 1924 to 1946. On February 24, 2000, an event to honor the memory of Eddie T. Jackson. This four page tribute along with a notice penned by Mrs. Eddie Thomas Cromartie and published in the Orlanod Sentinel in July 1927 were given to those attending the celebration. 

You can find the tribute is located in the Orange County Biography vertical files at the Orlando Public Library or you can peruse it here.



Comments to “Eddie T. Jackson Painting”

  1. Sheree Finley says:

    Hi Yvonne What a wonderful legacy to share about Aunt Eddie! This is Sheree, Mary Elizabeth’s oldest daughter and great-granddaughter of Aunt Eddie’s sister Ada T. Payne, also born March 25, 1893. I knew the sister’s shared a similar legacy but this is absolutely fantastic! If you search Ada T. Payne, Friends of the Urban Library you will see the dedication of a community room in honor of your Aunt Ada as well as the naming of the group “Ada T. Payne Friends of the Urban Library” unanimously approved by the board. If you see this message please reach out, I’d love to catch up as you are greatly missed!! In love, Sheree. shere.finley@gmail.com

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