Jackson, Judge, black American composer and tunebook compiler; b. Ozark, Ala., March 12, 1883; d. there, April 7, 1958. He learned shape-note hymn singing from the blacks of southeastern Ala. He was active as a singing- school teacher. He wrote shape-note religious songs and also compiled The Colored Sacred Harp (1934), which proved influential as a tunebook among blacks.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire