HAYWARD -- More than 100 descendants of a slave named Gabriel Jackson will share his story at a Feb. 23 event as part of Black History Month.

Gabriel Jackson, born a slave, was sold by his white father for $1,000 when he was 10, according to Teresa Jackson Brooks, one of his granddaughters. After the Civil War ended and he was freed, he continued to live in Louisiana, she said.

Brooks and other descendants of Jackson will gather at Casa Sandoval on Feb. 23. The group, representing seven generations, will present a pictures and mini-documentary about her grandfather and sing some old spirituals, she said.

The public is invited to the event, which starts at 2 p.m. at 1200 Russell Way.

Jackson was married twice, fathering 10 children with his first wife and 17 with his second. Brooks' father was a son of Jackson's second wife, Martha.

Brooks, 88, has been putting on Black History Month events at the retirement community for eight years.



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