Walter MacNeal Jackson

Black History Heroes | Mr. Walter MacNeal Jackson
Posted on 02/04/2020
Mr. Walter MacNeal Jackson, Citrus Grower

Mr. Walter MacNeal Jackson was a dedicated, compassionate and generous man who was loved and respected by all who knew him. He was a successful citrus grove owner, entrepreneur, and served Indian River County and his community in various capacities.

He was the first African-American to be elected in Indian River County to the school board of trustees and was instrumental in working with community leaders for an orderly transition during the desegregation of schools. He was one of the original organizers of the Progressive Civic League of Gifford, FL Inc, and chaired the committee which raised over $85,000 to complete construction of the Gifford Community Center in 1988.

Mr. Jackson supported and serve on the Board of Directors for the Gifford Youth Activity Center, Habitat for Humanity, and Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Committee. His devotion to his family, his church, and his abiding faith in God has left a tremendous impact on the lives of many who had the opportunity to know him.

He was a visionary who not only saw a need but did not shirk from his responsibilities in filling that need. He was always able to manage a plethora of situations with discretion, tact, compassion, and competence.

Mr. Walter Jackson has blessed our lives with kindness, care, and concern. The Progressive Civic League of Gifford, Florida, Inc. expresses its appreciation and admiration to Mr. Walter MacNeal Jackson for his 88 years of service and contributions to the citizens of Indian River County, Florida.


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SDIRC would like to thank the Indian River County NAACP Branch #5151 for providing the content in today's 'Black History Heroes' biography.