D. Hamilton Jackson Day is celebrated on November 1 every year in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This day commemorates the publication of the first Jackson newspaper called ‘The Herald’ in St. Croix. Also known as ‘Liberty Day,’ this holiday stands for free press and freedom of speech. Today, we remember the enduring legacy and influential life of Jackson who fought for truth and everyone’s right to be informed. In an era of fake news and misinformation, this holiday is important more than ever as we highlight the importance of verification of news and visibility of facts. Learn more about the ways you can celebrate D. Hamilton Jackson Day today!
History of D. Hamilton Jackson Day
David Hamilton Jackson was born on September 28, 1884, in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (then called Danish West Indies). At a very young age, Jackson displayed strong assertions and passion in standing up for certain issues which manifested when he was at East Hill School. His mother was a teacher and his father was the principal, which showed how influential his family was in honing his education. He, later on, followed in his parent’s footsteps in 1911 when he signed up as a teacher. However, due to his outspokenness, he was often misunderstood, resulting in his dismissal from the post.
Following his career as a teacher, he became an activist and a lecturer on the island of St. Croix around 1914 and 1915. He became a champion to the working class by instructing them to demand better living conditions and higher compensation. However, it wasn’t until 1915 that Jackon’s true legacy happened — the foundation of “The Herald” newspaper. He sent out the first copies of the newspaper on October 30, 1915. He also instructed the leaders to go to Christiansted the next day to celebrate the birth of the newspaper instead of going to work. This was the start of the revolution of the free press.
“The Herald” became the voice of the working class and the critic of the corrupt government. The newspaper also painted the real situation of the poor as well as exposed the abuse of the people in power.
D. Hamilton Jackson Day timeline
David Hamilton Jackson is born in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
He begins his career as an activist and lecturer in St. Croix.
The first issue of “The Herald” is published.
The 14th VI Legislature passes D. Hamilton Jackson Day as a holiday.
D. Hamilton Jackson Day FAQs
When did D. Hamilton Jackson die?
D. Hamilton Jackson died on May 30, 1946, at the age of 61.
Where did D. Hamilton Jackson die?
He died in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, in the same city where he was born.
What is Bull and Bread Day?
Bull and Bread Day refers to the annual tradition of celebrating D. Hamilton Jackson Day in St. Croix where roast beef, stuffing, and bread are served.
How to Observe D. Hamilton Jackson Day
Subscribe to the Jackson Herald
“The Jackson Herald” exists in both printed and electronic versions. Subscribe to either of these options for a daily dose of news and feature articles.
Report fake news pages
“The Herald” stands for free press and truth. To honor its legacy, start by verifying news that’s circulating on social media to exercise everyone’s right to the truth. Report any fake news pages or articles that may come your way.
Read the “Liberty and Freedom Poem”
“David Hamilton Jackson: Liberty and Freedom Poem” is a collection of poems and articles about wages rights and civil rights. It’s now available on Amazon for you to order.
5 Facts About David Hamilton Jackson
The paper for the people
Jackson proclaimed that “The Herald” belongs to the masses and not to anyone in power.
The St. Croix Labor Union
Jackson took part in the labor union movement in St. Croix with Theobald Brow, Charles Reubel, and Ralph de Chabert.
He was considered a “troublemaker”
Known as a critic of the government, Jackson was considered by government officials and the business sector as a “troublemaker.”
He focused on the Black community
His main priority was the Black working-class community in St. Croix.
He participated in strikes
As a passionate activist for better wages, he participated in strikes for wage reform.
Why D. Hamilton Jackson Day is Important
He honors the truth
We love a legacy that stands for truth and freedom of speech. This is something the world needs right now, and celebrating this holiday means carrying that legacy for the next generation.
We love the press
The press holds an important role in society as they keep everyone informed. Celebrating D. Hamilton Jackson Day means celebrating those people who are responsible for verified news and transparency to the masses.
We stand for better wages
Wage equality amongst classes is something that still needs work and continuous attention. This day is a reminder that everyone should continue to fight for fairness and justice for compensation and wage rights.
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