Nannie Cox Jackson

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Mrs. Nannie Cox Jackson was born in Charlottesville, in 1864. She was educated in Charlottesville and Washington, DC. Mrs. Jackson was a teacher for 46 years.

Intelligent and dynamic, she motivated and demanded the best from all students. Mrs. Jackson, a black educator, was a tireless worker who constantly planned newer and better programs to meet the needs of the times.

Mrs. Jackson started a class in which students, both boys and girls, learned to cook and sew. She started the first hot lunch program in the city schools, contributing money from her own pocket. She served hot soup and biscuits for just a few pennies. While the students ate, she talked with them about being the best they could be. Mrs. Jackson gave the athletic program a boost by organizing the first football team in the Charlottesville schools. She fed the team and the coaches after each game using cafeteria money and some of her own.

She was an outstanding community leader and devoted her life to service for her family and community. She fed the hungry and was found wherever families were in distress. She obtained many scholarships so that students could go to college and followed up with words of encouragement -- “believe in yourself, you can do it.”

Mrs. Jackson died in 1953 at the age of 88. The city school board honored Mrs. Jackson by naming Jackson-Via School for her and Mrs. Betty Davis Via.