From left to right: Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, Councilman Nat Bates, Chief Jackson Sister, Anita Black, Chief Jackson Nephew, Michael Gomez and Councilman Corky Booze. Photo by Joe L. Fisher, Black American Political Action Committee (BAPAC).
By Kia Croom
The Richmond City Council on Nov. 27 honored the late William Albert Jackson, a World War II veteran, merchant mariner and civic leader and volunteer.
Jackson died Oct. 28 at the age of 94.
Jackson earned a reputation in Richmond as a champion of freedom, peace and justice. He had over 50 years of combined service as a merchant mariner and volunteer chief engineer on the USS Red Oak Victory.
Although initially denied entry into the U.S. Navy on the basis of race, he persevered and eventually rose through the ranks from a steward to become a chief engineer. During his career sailed 146 ships, two of which were torpedoed and sunk while crossing the Atlantic during World War II.