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Wharlest Jackson Community Gardens

Wharlest Jackson served as the Treasurer of NAACP before he was murdered in Natchez, Mississippi on February 27, 1967. He was 36 years old at the time of his death. A community garden has been established in his name.

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Jeremy Houston of Natchez, MS is a community organizer, musician, and activist. One his projects is the Wharlest Jackson Community Garden, named for slain Civil Rights veteran Wharlest Jackson. The garden educates and feeds members of the traditionally African American neighborhood in which it sits. All of Houston's work focuses on a more complete and authentic telling of the collective history of Natchez.


"At the Wharlest Jackson Community Garden today. Thanks to JAH for the earth he created."

Credit to: Jeremy Houston


"Another good day of hard work and labor in the Wharlest Jackson Community Garden. There is plenty of harvest but few workers. Gregory Isiah Robinson and Katt Ambrosia are two great workers who have been there the whole time. I thank you God for having good people to work with. Better days are ahead."

Credit to: Jeremy Houston


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