Bowie in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Andrew Jackson ranked high among the trusted stable workers at Belair. William Woodward considered him the consummate horseman.
Jackson didn't really know his exact birth date; he was born in Kentucky in the 1850s, the son of slaves. He showed an early aptitude for working with horses, and was, at some point, leased by his family to a horse trainer in New York.
Displaying skill in riding, he became a jockey, riding his first winner at Saratoga in 1872, where he rode for the stable of Maryland Governor Oden Bowie. Upon coming to Maryland, he worked at Fairview, the Bowie family plantation near Belair.
In 1900, James T. Woodward hired Jackson to work at Belair. William Woodward gave credit to him for spotting "Capt. Hancock," a $60 stud horse that Woodward purchased "from a barn in Collington." Together with that stallion, three $100 mares purchased by Woodward were the start of the 20th century Belair Stud.
Doing "all things equine," Andrew was the trainer of record for Belair's first first race winner at Marlboro Race Course in 1909. The winning colt was Aile d'Or, by Capt. Hancock
Jackson worked at Belair until his death in 1932. Laid to rest at Whitemarsh Cemetery (Sacred Heart Church), his tombstone was donated by William Woodward.
Woodward's tremendous respect and admiration for Jackson was further demonstrated by his book, "A Memoir of Andrew Jackson, Africanus" published privately in 1938.
Erected by City of Bowie, Maryland.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Animals • Arts, Letters, Music • Industry & Commerce • Sports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1872.
Location. 38° 57.993′ N, 76° 44.583′ W. Marker is in Bowie, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Belair Drive close to Tulip Grove Drive, on the left when traveling south. The marker stands on the grounds of the Belair Stable Museum. While the museum operates free of charge, it runs with limited open hours. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2835 Belair Dr, Bowie MD 20715, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Stable Courtyard (a few steps from this marker); Belair Stable (within shouting distance of this marker); The Belair Stud Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); a different Belair Stable (within shouting distance of this marker); Developing a Garden Plan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Archaeological Research of the Belair Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); Belair (approx. 0.2 miles away); Belair on the Home Front (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowie.
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