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Rose Jackson was born in Louisville, Mississippi, to Willie O Clayton Hathorne and Bertha Ophelia (Young) Hathorne; she had three sisters and three brothers. She left school at fifteen to marry her first husband, with whom she had five children; after his death, she married John Jackson, with whom she had another daughter. She worked as a cleaner and hairdresser, and received her diploma from Portland High night school. At the time of this interview, she had been living in Maine 40 years; her family moved here because she had a brother-in-law who had been a freedom rider.
She discusses growing up on her family's farm; their relationship with their white neighbors; attending Green Memorial Church and other churches throughout her life; her grandparents, children, and grandchildren; working with the police to run a community center for low-income children; other work with community and church groups; differences between Maine and Mississippi.
Louisville Mississippi, South Portland, Easter, Bradbury State Park, Portland High School, John Jackson, Green AME Zion Church, farming
Suja, Hamida, "Jackson, Rose" (2001). Home Is Where I Make It Oral History Project. 16.