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Ohio Biographies

Submitted by: Lace Lynch of the

Multicultural Genealogical Society



Name: BROOKS, Charles

Farmer, was born in Paris, Kentucky, in 1836, and is the son of Dr. John and Evaline Brooks, both natives of Kentucky. Charles, the subject of our sketch, was married, in 1856, to Miss Hannah Blackburn, daughter of David Blackburn, of Kentucky. They have one child dead, Joseph, and one living, Charles Anna Brooks. He is a member of the Christian Church, and also a member of the Odd-fellows, and is right supporter of the noble grand. He is now living on his farm of forty-three acres, four miles east of Xenia, on the narrow-gauge railroad, and is one of the many men of his color who came here after the war. He is now one of the prosperous farmers of Greene County, a good citizen, and well beloved by all who know him.
Name: JACKSON, Perry Brooks

Location: Greene County, Ohio

Perry Brooks Jackson was born in Zanesville, Ohio in 1896. He moved to Cleveland in 1914. Jackson was a graduate of Western Reserve University in 1919 and the WRU Law school in 1922 when he was admitted to the Bar. He was elected to the state legislature in 1929 and in 1933 to city council. From 1934 to 1941 he was the Assistant Police Prosecutor. In 1942, Governor John W. Bricker appointed Jackson to an unexpired term on the Municipal Court Bench, thus making him the first African American judge in the state of Ohio. His tenure as judge lasted until his retirement in 1972. Judge Jackson was also the Grand Treasurer of the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World. This collection consists of correspondence, reports, minutes, programs, speeches, photographs, certificates, awards and other printed material.

Courtesy: Western Reserve Historical Society