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Jessie Keys Jacobs

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| Entrepreneur and central figure in the fight for desegregation in the ‘40s and ‘50s in Indianapolis, IN

Jessie Jacobs Obituary

Jessie Keys Jacobs 91, Indianapolis, died September 3, 2007.

Ms. Jacobs owned and operated the Jacobs Brothers Funeral Home, Inc. establishment, which was co-founded by Atty. Cary D. Jacobs, along with his brother, the late Rev. Plummer D. Jacobs. She was the first black woman to run for the State Legislature. She spent four years on the Indianapolis School Board. She was a lobbyist for the NAACP and Indiana Council of Churches. She was elected to the Indianapolis Board of School Commissioners from 1970-74.

Jesse was President of Church Women United in Indianapolis from 1974-79, National Council of Negro Women, Interdenominational Ministers Wives Alliance, State President of NAACP in 1944, Crispus Attucks High School Alumna.

She leaves to cherish her memory: son, John S. Jacobs; six grandchildren, Carrie Elizabeth, Della, Christopher, Kara, Greg, and Gail; two great-grandchildren; siblings; sister-in-law, Lavenia B. Jacobs; a host of nieces and nephews; a host of other relatives; a loving caregiver, Corrine W. Quarles; other healthcare assistants; and a host of friends and her Allen Chapel AME church family. Funeral services will be at Noon Monday, September 10 at Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 627 East 11th Street, with calling from 10 a.m. to Noon. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery. Final Arrangements entrusted to Lavenia, Smith & Summers Home for Funerals. Refer to website: Indiana’s Storytelling Connecting People to the Past.

Published by The Indianapolis Star on Sep. 9, 2007.