Black History Month of 2018
The Black History Month of 2018, African Americans in Time of War. Marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I and honors the roles that Black Americans have placed in Warfare from the American Revolution to present day.
Raymond Carl “PeeWee” Jackson, Sr.
“PeeWee” grew up in the Groesbeck area going to school in Springfield and in Groesbeck. He was a graduate of Blackshear High School. His parents recognized the importance of education and hard work. When someone needed help, Poppa Bill and his boys were always willing to lend a hand. PeeWee grew up hunting and playing sports. He was a talented athlete and well known for his abilities on the football field, baseball field, and basketball court. Raymond worked for years at the brickyard in Groesbeck. He also worked for Vayrow in Mexia and Curtis Mathis, making picture tubes for televisions. After the closing of the brickyard, Raymond began his career with the Marlin VA Hospital. He retired as a building management supervisor in 1955 after 24 years of dedicated service. Raymond was active in the community, coaching baseball teams and umpiring games for many years. He was a fierce domino player, checker player, and avid fisherman who did not eat fish.
Rogers joined the United States Army in 1942, and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946. When he returned from the service, he was employed by Barron Brick Plant. He was the last employee there when it closed for business, after he had served there for many years. Then he was employed by Groesbeck ISD for 17 years before he retired in 1986.
Gloria Jackson Daws
Parents: Ruby and Rogers Jackson
Kids: Ursula Daws Heath, Ramesha Davis, Billy Daws
Job Title: Retired MSSLC
Other Community Involvement: Lone Star Baptist Church
What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black History Month means we can celebrate what some great people like Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X and so many more. Kids today don’t know or understand what my mother and father went through my great - great parents the trial and hardship they had to bear so we could have a better life. I think education is the key, knowledge no one can take it away. I was so proud to hear my father say “I didn’t think I would ever live to see a Black man as the President of the United States.”