City of Tampa to Dedicate New Historical Marker with Ties to Sacred Heart

The Hillsborough County Historical Advisory Council & Community Leaders, with assistance from the city of Tampa’s Archives and Records Division, is set to unveil and dedicate a new historical marker honoring John and Ellen Jackson on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 at 10 a.m.

The Jacksons have strong ties to Sacred Heart and the cultivation of the Catholic faith here in Tampa. From lobbying the Diocese of Savannah to first send a priest to minister our area in 1847, to the dedication of our St. Patrick window in our church, the plaque will reference the significant contributions made by the family at the beginning of our parish in the mid-1800s.

The St. Patrick Window, situated along the south wall of the church.

The John and Ellen Jackson: Tampa Pioneers marker will be placed at the corner of North Franklin and East Zack Streets, and sponsored by their 99-year-old great-granddaughter, Lula Joughin Dovi. The dedication ceremony will be open to the public and include remarks from Fr. Stephen and our docents.

A reception featuring light refreshments will be held in St. Francis Hall following the conclusion of the dedication.