Robert H. Jackson’s birthday to be celebrated Feb. 12 in Warren

By JOSH COTTON

jcotton@timesobserver.com

Robert H. Jackson’s 126th birthday is February 13.

And he will be coming to Warren to visit in the form of a dramatization set for the night of February 12.

Jackson, a former U.S. Supreme Court Justice and prosecutor of Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg, was born on a family farm just outside Spring Creek.

In celebration of his birthday, the show “Welcome Home, Bob Jackson,” a dramatization by local theatrical performer Bob Terreberry.

The event is slated for 7 p.m. at the Struthers Library Theatre.

“Capping off the 13th annual Robert H. Jackson in Warren County Day celebration, the Jackson Center presents this ‘theatrical happening,’ a fictional dramatization of a hypothetical evening in September 1933, when… attorney Robert H. Jackson arrived at the Struthers Library Theatre to meet with community members interested in his life, growing up in nearby Frewsburg, NY, becoming active in the regional community and a successful attorney in Jamestown,” a statement from the Robert H. Jackson Center said.

The show will be based on Helen Ebersole’s book, “Off the Pedestal: Jackson in Jamestown 1909-1934.

“This dramatization enables audience members to learn about Bob Jackson’s early years, professional and community pursuits before his career took him to Washington D.C.,” the statement said. “The performance takes the audience ‘back in time,’ to a scenario in which Jackson is interviewed by his personal assistant for an audience of local community residents.”

The event will be held in the Library Room on the second floor of the theatre.

According to the Center, a display portraying Jackson’s close relationship with John L. Blair, as well as Jackson’s representation of the New Process Company, will be exhibited.

“Early arrival is encouraged and seating will be on a first come, first served basis,” the Center stated.

Earlier in the day, James C. Johnson, former chief of prosecutions for the Special Court of Sierra Leone, will present on Jackson as well as the ongoing effort to prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity to all tenth grade students in the Warren County School DIstrict.

Anyone with questions is asked to contact the Jackson Center at (714) 483-6646.

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