The Robert H. Jackson Center will debut an original exhibit, Say, I Taught Thee, of Mary Willard, an English teacher in the Jamestown Schools from 1875-1916, and mentor of Robert H. Jackson.
Jennifer J. Champ, the Jackson Center’s consultant for archives and exhibits, spent months researching Willard, a Jamestown High School English teacher whom Robert H. Jackson considered one of his greatest mentors. Champ worked closely with Pam Brown, records management coordinator for the Jamestown Public Schools Records Center and Archives. The Jamestown Public School Archives has a wealth of unique materials related to the history of education in Jamestown and many unique items were discovered about Mrs. Willard and Justice Jackson.
Mary R. Willard touched minds as well as spirits, and influenced the way her students saw and felt about themselves for the rest of their lives. One of those students was Robert H. Jackson. Jackson considered Mary R. Willard one of his greatest mentors, she had a profound impact on his character, a character that would carry him far and influence our Nation and the world. Through letters, photographs and memorabilia, Say, I Taught Thee honors her life, and draws us closer to a young Robert H. Jackson.
The Opening is June 5th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Robert H. Jackson Center. Refreshments will be served.