Former state Rep. Alphonse Jackson dead at 87
BATON ROUGE - Former state Rep. Alphonse Jackson, a civil rights activist and charter member of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, has died.
Jackson died Tuesday at The Crossing at Clarity Hospice of Baton Rouge. He was 87.
Originally from Shreveport, Jackson had the distinction of being the first black legislator to be elected from Caddo Parish since Reconstruction when he won the state House District 2 seat in 1972. He served until 1992.
Senate President John A. Alario Jr. offered condolences to Jackson's family Wednesday. He described Jackson as a tireless public servant whose accomplishments helped make the state a better place.
Visitation will be on Saturday at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Baton Rouge at 8 a.m. until funeral services begin at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Southern Memorial Gardens.
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