An elderly Atlanta woman who fought for years to keep her house from eminent domain has died.
Mattie Jackson died at the age of 98, her family confirmed to Channel 2 Action News.
Jackson was a pillar of the Peoplestown community where she lived. Several years ago, Jackson was at the center of Atlanta’s plans to take property for a flood retention pond.
In 2015, the city reached a deal with her to allow her to say in her home.
The City of Atlanta released a statement on Jackson’s passing.
“Mrs. Mattie Jackson was the embodiment of perseverance and the very spirit of who Atlanta is as a city. My prayers are with the Jackson family as Mrs. Mattie takes well deserved rest in her heavenly home.”
Atlanta City Council members also released statements on Jackson.
“The City of Atlanta will always be defined by the strength of its citizens. Mrs. Mattie Jackson was a living example of the type of strength that defines communities and molds municipalities. She used her influence to successfully advocate for the poor and ensure that the city’s most vulnerable populations were represented during some of the conversations that made Atlanta a regional leader,” Council President Felicia A. Moore said. “Today, I learned that Mrs. Jackson has transitioned and is physically no longer with us. It is certain that her memory will live on and will have an influence on future generations. Her legacy as an advocate will continue to impact us all. To the family of Mrs. Mattie Jackson, may you find comfort and peace during this difficult time.”
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