Al Jackson Jr.
Final Resting Place:
New Park Cemetery
4536 Horn Lake Road
Memphis, Tennessee, 38119
Grave Location:Lower Good Shepard
Grave Location Description
Upon entering the cemetery, turn left and then turn right at the second road. Drive 150 feet and Jackson’s upright monument is just off the road about 40 feet on the left.
Grave Location GPS35.0268500, -90.0684500
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cause_of_death: Murdered (solved but no arrest)
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