Jackson Parish was created on 1845, from Claiborne, Ouachita and Union Parishes and the parish was named in honor of US President Andrew Jackson. The Parish seat is Jonesboro. A courthouse fire in Vernon, before the parish seat was moved to Jonesboro, destroyed most of the records prior to then. The first courthouse, built in Jonesboro in 1912, was almost completely destroyed by an explosion. Fortunately few, if any, of our records were destroyed.
A small log cabin was constructed to serve as the first courthouse in the town of Vernon. When the seat of justice was transferred to Jonesboro, a courthouse was constructed, but 30 years later it was completely destroyed due to a mysterious explosion. The current courthouse was completed in 1938 .
"You Are My Sunshine" is a popular song written by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell and first recorded in 1939. It has been declared one of the state songs of Louisiana because of its association with Davis, a country music singer and governor of the state in the years 1944–1948 and 1960–1964.
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According to Wikipedia: "You Are My Sunshine" is a popular song written by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell and first recorded in 1939. It has been declared one of the state songs of Louisiana because of its association with Davis, a country music singer and governor of the state in the years 1944–1948 and 1960–1964.
Built on the site of the late-Governor's family home, Jimmie Davis Tabernacle encapsules the memory of Governor Jimmie Davis, who was born and raised in Jackson Parish. Governor Davis held office from 1944-48 and 1960-64. On the Tabernacle site, the Governor's family home still sits, and visitors may look inside transporting them back in time. Governor Davis's resting place is at the Jimmie Davis Tabernacle Cemetery. Governor Davis, sometimes referred to as "the Singing Governor," was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. His most notable single is "You Are My Sunshine," which is also Louisiana's state song.
James Houston Davis (September 11, 1899 – November 5, 2000) was an American politician, singer and songwriter of both sacred and popular songs. Davis was elected for two nonconsecutive terms from 1944 to 1948 and from 1960 to 1964 as the governor of his native Louisiana. As Governor, Davis was an opponent of efforts to desegregate Louisiana. Davis was a nationally popular country music and gospel singer from the 1930s into the 1960s, occasionally recording and performing as late as the early 1990s. He appeared as himself in a number of Hollywood movies. He was inducted into six halls of fame, including the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame, and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. At the time of his death in 2000, he was the oldest living former governor as well as the last living governor to have been born in the 19th century.
The Deacons for Defense and Justice was founded in 1964 in Jonesboro, Louisiana to protect civil rights activists from the Ku Klux Klan. The organization was made up of black veterans from World War II, who believed in armed self-defense. About twenty chapters were created throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
The Deacons for Defense provided protection for people participating in protest marches in Mississippi in 1966.
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