Robert H. Jackson Center To Host Dramatization At Struther’s Library In Warren On Monday

WARREN, Pa. — The Robert H. Jackson Center will host “Welcome Home, Bob Jackson,” a dramatization created by local theatrical performer Bob Terreberry, at 7 p.m. Monday at the Struthers Library Theatre, 302 W. Third Ave., Warren, Pa.

Capping off the 13th annual Robert H. Jackson in Warren County Day celebration, the Jackson Center presents a fictional dramatization of a hypothetical evening in September 1933, when local attorney Robert H. Jackson arrives at the Struthers Library Theatre to meet with community members interested in his life growing up in Frewsburg, becoming active in the regional community and a successful attorney in Jamestown. Gregory L. Peterson, Robert H. Jackson Center co-founder and board member and attorney, will set the stage with introductory remarks.

Based on Helen Ebersole’s book, Off the Pedestal: Jackson in Jamestown 1909-1934, the dramatization enables audience members to learn about Jackson’s early years, professional and community pursuits before his career took him to Washington, D.C. The performance takes the audience to a scenario in which Jackson is interviewed by his personal assistant for an audience of local community residents.

The event will be held in the Library Room on the second floor of the theatre. A display portraying Jackson’s relationship with John L. Blair, as well as Jackson’s representation of the New Process Company, will be exhibited, courtesy of the Blair Corporation museum. Early arrival is encouraged as seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call the Jackson Center 483-6646 with inquiries.

Robert H. Jackson in Warren County Day is celebrated annually in recognition of Jackson’s birth in nearby Spring Creek, Pa., in 1892. The day begins with a presentation to all Warren County School District 10th grade students featuring James C. Johnson, former chief of prosecutions for the Special Court of Sierra Leone and Robert H. Jackson International Fellow.

Beginning with Jackson and the trial of the senior Nazi leaders in Nuremberg, Johnson will link Jackson’s contributions to international justice to the modern international war crimes tribunals in The Hague and elsewhere in the world, discussing significant milestones along the way, including the trial of the Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia.

In particular, he will discuss ongoing efforts to hold accountable those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Sponsors include Steven and Sandra Rothenberg, H. Robert Hampson, the Samuel F. Bonavita Lectureship Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, PNC Financial Services Inc., Targeted Pet Treats, Burgett & Robbins and Inscale Architects.