A Family Tradition
The Jackson Home was the official residence where world leaders resided while planning the Selma to Montgomery March in late 1964 until April of 1965. The home was built in 1912 by Dr. Richard Byron Hudson, a noted educator in Selma and is the only known residence in the country which has housed three African American dentists and their families from 1912-2013. The property has been in the family of Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson since it was built and remains a privately owned residence by their daughter Jawana Virginia Jackson.
Dr. and Mrs. Sullivan (Richie Jean Sherrod) welcomed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders to use the home as a base to formulate the voting rights campaign in America. Sullivan Jackson (1923-2004) was a local dentist in Selma from 1958-1998 and was a graduate of West Virginia State University and Meharry Medical College. Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson (1932-2013) was an educator with Dallas County Schools and Selma City Schools for over 30 years and was a graduate of Alabama State University and Montevallo University. They were married for 47 years.
The home is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and The Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.
The Jackson Foundation and Museum, Inc. celebrates the lifelong achievements of Dr. Sullivan and Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson, and the strong social principles they individually and collectively stood for. Together, they served the Selma community and helped to advance the causes of education, justice and equality for people around the world. The foundation and museum was established by their daughter, Jawana V. Jackson to continue their legacy and share with the public this unique piece of history.