Senator Myron D. Jackson’s involvement in politics has been in response to enthusiastic encouragement by the public. As former Senate President, he continues in the 33rd Legislature of the Virgin Islands as Chair of the Committee on Culture & Planning, with a strong commitment to be “True to Service,” a value passed on to him by his parents. The son of Mrs. Bernice Peterson Jackson, a retired community health nurse, and the late Hugo D. Jackson, a businessman and community activist, he was raised in Hospital Ground, in the historic “Upstreet” Neighborhood of St. Thomas. His 30 plus years of public service personify the African proverb “Go back and fetch it” but the saying has been a guiding principle in his life long before he formally knew it.
A graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School in 1975 and the Parsons School of Design in New York in 1979, Senator Jackson has remained active in civic organizations and in government, dedicating his life’s work to the protection of the cultural resources and heritage of the Territory. Following his graduation from college, Senator Jackson returned to his homeland and joined the Department of Conservation and Cultural Affairs and was recruited to the Planning Office which later became the Department of Planning and Natural Resources. He has served in a variety of capacities including graphic artist, senior planner, and cultural advisor to Governor Alexander A. Farrelly; director of the Virgin Islands State Historic Preservation Office; and the executive director of the Virgin Islands Cultural Heritage Institute.
In the 32nd Legislature, as head of the institution, Senator Jackson organized and hosted the 2017 Virgin Islands Transfer Centennial on the grounds of the Capitol Building, which brought officials from Denmark and the United States to the territory to join Virgin Islanders in reflecting on the progress of our people since the islands were sold over 100 years ago. He also spearheaded collaborations with the Smithsonian Institution to include the ongoing USVI Legislative Records Recovery Project to preserve hurricane-damaged historic journals dating back to the 1920s, and the USVI Cultural Recovery Summit in the St. Thomas-St. John and St. Croix district to assist government agencies, community non-profits, and churches in learning about the resources available and steps they could take to rebound in the aftermath of the 2017 Category 5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Last year, his In Search of Identity initiative was endorsed as a territorial Centennial Legacy Project which gained momentum with a fundraising kickoff and formation of two non-profits to mobilize resources for the revitalization and rehabilitation of two abandoned government owned properties. The old Christiansted Military Barracks on St. Croix is to be converted into a School of Architecture and the J. Antonio Jarvis Elementary School is to be transformed into a cultural corridor to include a National Museum and School of Conservation and the Arts.
Over his tenure, he has represented the Legislature at the Smart City Summit & Expo in Taiwan, at Reparations Conferences in Jamaica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and as a member of the Centennial Commission in Denmark. In the 31st and 30th Legislature, Senator Jackson served as the Chair of the Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation, Youth and Recreation and as a sitting member on several legislative committees. He pledges to continue his work to promote cultural heritage tourism, protect the environment, and meet the unique needs of elders and youth of the Virgin Islands. His work includes successful passage of a Virgin Islands sports policy, legislation to improve the accountability of land tax records in the Territory, and to support opportunities for young people such as baseball and boxing. He has researched and published widely in the area of preservation and has received many community service awards for his commitment and dedication to the people and culture of the Virgin Islands of the United States.
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St. Thomas United States Virgin Islands, 00804
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St. Croix United States Virgin Islands, 00840