William Jackson was a lifelong resident of Cabell County. His father died when William was just 5 years old, so he always had to work to help his mother provide for the family. William graduated from Douglass High School and after completing his degree returned to Douglass High School to teach. When Douglass closed in 1962, he taught special education at the renamed Fairfield School, in the old Douglass High School building.
William was a business owner. He owned and operated Jackson Print Shop located in the rear of his home on 10th Avenue for over 40 years. He set and printed invitations, announcements, and programs. His family was the first Black family to own a home in the 1900 block of 10th Avenue.
He was a member of the Masons Abdul Temple 133.
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