Dr. Joy Juanita Jackson (1928-1996) was an acclaimed educator, historian, and author. The first female elected president of the Louisiana Historical Association, Jackson was awarded the James William Rivers Prize from the University of Southwestern Louisiana Center for Louisiana Studies in recognition of her contributions to Louisiana culture. In addition, she was curator of photographs, papers, and memorabilia from such figures as former governor Jimmie Davis and former United States representative James Morrison.
Jackson became a professor at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. She was the director for the Center for Regional Studies for which she had started the oral history program as well as being the university archivist. Prior to her professorship, Jackson taught at Nicholls State University and wrote feature articles for the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
She received her bachelor's degree in journalism and her master's and doctoral degrees in American history from Tulane University. Jackson died at the age of sixty-seven and was buried in her hometown of New Orleans.
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