"Historians and history buffs alike have long struggled with the ambivalence of a man of Jackson’s moral fiber, who came from a slave holding family, owned slaves himself, and yet broke the prevailing laws of Virginia to conduct a weekly Colored Sabbath School, where slaves were taught to read and write while bringing them to a personal knowledge of the Christ."
So said the Washington Times here recently.
(The image is one of lifelong Lexington resident Jefferson Shields, who claimed to be one of Jackson's Sunday school students. The photograph was taken in front of the old Lexington Presbyterian Church Sunday School room before it was torn down in 1906 and is from my private collection. Shields was also a slave and served as a cook in Company H of the 27th Virginia Infantry.)