Black and white photography depicting the architecture and landscape of Jackson was displayed in the town’s Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, alongside tourism brochures about East Feliciana Parish, an insert showing grocery store prices, a Watchman newspaper and pop culture lists compiled by area students.
The items were part of a Saturday celebration, the final in a year of bicentennial activities and events celebrating Jackson’s 200th birthday.
The memorabilia will be enclosed inside a time capsule and preserved either at Jackson Town Hall or featured inside a special case and opened 100 years from now, explained Mary Jo Salmon, chairwoman for Jackson’s bicentennial committee.
“I did my research on time capsules and learned that things have to be preserved a very specific way,” Salmon said. “There were so many things we couldn’t include, such as electronics, things with batteries or color photography. All of that stuff will not keep underground, which is one of the reasons we decided not to actually bury the time capsule.”
The photographs of the town buildings, churches and street scenes, which were taken by Yolanda D’Aquilla, could only be submitted in black and white and printed on special acid-free paper. The photographer and her husband, St. Francisville Mayor Billy D’Aquilla, donated the printing costs for the images.
Students from East Feliciana High School and Jackson Elementary listed popular movies, songs, television shows, books, toys, sports teams, electronic gadgets, cars, fashion and more from present day to be included in a cylindrical stainless steel capsule, which has been registered with an Atlanta-based company that keeps official records of capsules worldwide.
Attendees of Saturday’s program were invited to sign their names using special archival ink on acid-free paper.
Anything printed, such as copies of newspaper articles, pamphlets and menus will all have to be recopied on the special so they will last the next centennial, Salmon said.
Salmon, who has worked previously on the town’s Master Plan, thanked the dozens of volunteers and organizations who helped with the bicentennial events over the past year.
“We especially want to thank Mayor Charles Coleman for making the bicentennial celebrations possible, both with funding and in direction,” Salmon said.
During the program, the Rev. Clark Fooshee, pastor of Second Baptist Church in Jackson, said a prayer blessing Jackson leaders, first responders and program organizers.
Women from the church’s choir and Fooshee sang Christmas carols, and refreshments were served.