Author: Edward F. Gaynor

associate director of Special Collections at the University of Virginia Library

Jackson Davis (1882–1947)

Jackson Davis was an educator, educational advisor, and foundation director who served as an important intermediary between African American schools in the South and philanthropic foundations in the North. Throughout his career, he specialized in education in the South, interracial issues, and educational development in the Belgian Congo and Liberia. As a field agent for the General Education Board, Davis worked on behalf of better relations and understanding between whites and African Americans and pioneered the development and promotion of regional centers of education in the South. Davis’s relatively moderate position on race relations, however, did not extend to desegregation of public schools.