From the Museum Archives: Feb. 25, 2023

This group photo was printed on a cabinet card and is dated July 7, 1904. On the back of the card is written, “Taken on the Waterfront.” The man standing behind the bench is Joseph Jackson, a powerful figure in our local Black History. When Jackson was born in 1855 his family was enslaved in Virginia. However, his mother was able to escape with her ten children and travel by wagon and train to Indiana. Joseph Jackson was a principal of Terre Haute’s Lincoln School and started a Sunday School program that later led to the development of the Spruce Street A.M.E. Church.