Lane Street Project: the Joseph S. Jackson family plot.

The deeply incised, irregular J’s of these granite cornerstones are unmistakably the work of Clarence B. Best. They, and a foot marker for Rev. Joseph S. Jackson, are all that remain of the Jackson family’s plot in Odd Fellows cemetery.

The grave of Jackson, a Baptist minister and tobacco factory foreman, may be the only one in the plot. Jackson’s children migrated North and West, and his wife died in Philadelphia in 1962. Annie H. Jackson’s Pennsylvania death certificate lists her place of burial simply as Wilson, N.C. However, by then Odd Fellows was in serious disrepair. She was buried in city-owned Rest Haven instead, and Rev. Jackson was disinterred and reburied beside her. When Joseph S. Jackson Jr. died in 1967, his body was returned to Wilson for burial in Rest Haven, too.

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