Alexander Brooks “A.B.” Jackson

Alexander "A.B." Jackson, circa 1980-1981
Alexander “A.B.” Jackson, circa 1980-1981

Alexander Brooks “A.B.” Jackson was the first African American professor at Old Dominion University (ODU).

ODU and Personal Accomplishments

Jackson taught art at Old Dominion College from 1967 until his death in 1981. Previously the chair of the Art Department at the Norfolk Division of Virginia State College, now Norfolk State University, Jackson specialized in painting, drawing, and photography. In 1978, he published As I See Ghent: A Visual Essay, a book depicting photographs and drawings of the Ghent neighborhood of Norfolk where he lived.


  1. Old Dominion University Photographic and Multimedia Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Perry Library, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, 23529.
  2. ODU Photographic Collection, Old Dominion University Libraries Digital Collections, Old Dominion University Libraries.
  3. Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion at ODU Timeline, Old Dominion University Libraries Digital Exhibit, 2016-present.


  1. Bookman, Steven and Jessica Ritchie. Old Dominion University: A Campus History Series.  Arcadia Publishing. Charleston, South Carolina, 2017.