Article - AUGUST 12, 1878  

After a life time working to abolish slavery, it it is fitting that the flowers on TJ's coffin were placed there by colored citizens from his community

The funeral of the late Thomas Jackson took place on Saturday afternoon from the residence of his son-in-law, Henry Connard, Jr, No. 706 Center Avenue. The pall bears were selected from amongst his old employees, some of whom had worked for the deceased as long as thirty years, as follows: William Smith, Daniel Bechtel, Mathias Bechtel,Edgar Jeffries, Jacob Engelbach and Henry Getrost.

On the coffin rested a cross of flowers and a wreath placed there by prominent colored citizens in acknowledgment of Mr. Jackson's devotion to the colored race and opposition to slavery.

The services were conducted by Rev. John Long, of the Episcopal church. The interment took place at the Charles Evans Cemetery. Undertaker Charles Henninger had charge of the funeral, which was largely attended.

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