Look back in time

Jackson Center presents historical dramatization at Struthers Library Theatre

WARREN, Pa. — The Robert H. Jackson Center, a non-profit dedicated to promoting liberty under law through the examination of the life and work of Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson and his legacy’s relevance to current events and issues, invites the public to “Welcome Home, Bob Jackson,” a dramatization created by local theatrical performer Bob Terreberry at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12 at the historic Struthers Library Theatre, 302 W. Third Ave., in downtown Warren, Pennsylvania. Robert H. Jackson Center President Susan Moran Murphy made the announcement.

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 local attorney, Robert H. Jackson, arrives at the Struthers Library Theatre to meet with community members interested in his life, growing up in nearby Frewsburg, becoming active in the regional community and a successful attorney in Jamestown. Robert H. Jackson Center co-founder and board member, attorney Gregory L. Peterson, will set the stage with introductory remarks.

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 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 imaginary scenario is as follows:

At the behest of Warren’s Shakespeare Club, area citizens are invited to “Welcome Home, Bob Jackson” at a community gathering on the evening of Feb. 12 at Struthers Library Theatre.

Jackson, born in Spring Creek, Pennsylvania, was a local attorney who was active in the community and practiced law in the city of Jamestown until 1913. Jackson served in the community with distinction, and had been vital in the defense of the law on many occasions. His practice areas included state, local and municipal law, general and civil litigation, personal injury, property and environmental litigation. Jackson held offices within many local organizations and had represented the interests of Warren area business New Process Company. Jackson, his wife, Irene, and two children made their home on Fairmount Avenue in Jamestown.

The event will be held in the historic Library Room on the second floor of the theatre. 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, courtesy of the Blair Corporation museum. Early arrival is encouraged as seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact the Jackson Center 483-6646 with inquiries. Voluntary donations to the Jackson Center Annual Fund are welcome.

Robert H. Jackson in Warren County Day is celebrated annually in recognition of Jackson’s birth in nearby Spring Creek, Pennsylvania in 1892. The day begins with a presentation to all Warren County School District 10th grade students, featuring James C. Johnson, former Chief of Prosecutions for the Special Court of Sierra Leone and Robert H. Jackson International Fellow. Beginning with Justice Jackson and the trial of the senior Nazi leaders in Nuremberg, Johnson will link Justice Jackson’s contributions to international justice to the modern international war crimes tribunals in The Hague and elsewhere in the world, discussing significant milestones along the way, including the trial of the Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia. In particular, he will discuss ongoing efforts to hold accountable those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The 2018 Robert H. Jackson Warren Day events are made possible, in part, through the generosity of Steven and Sandra Rothenberg, H. Robert Hampson, Esq., Samuel F. Bonavita Lectureship Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, PNC Financial Services, Inc., Targeted Pet Treats, Burgett & Robbins, and Inscale Architects.

The Robert H. Jackson Center is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that envisions a global society where the universal principles of equality, fairness and justice prevail. The Center invites and engages students of all ages, scholars, educators, national officials and international dignitaries to analyze contemporary issues of peace and justice through the lens of Justice Jackson’s body of work.