Hidden No Longer: New Neighborhood Center Will be Named After NASA’s Mary Jackson

Members of the USW Local 8888 stand with a Mary Jackson poster. Photo Courtesy: Dwight Kirk

The Hampton City Council recently voted to name the new neighborhood center after NASA trailblazer and Hampton native, Mary Jackson.

The center has not been built yet, but the United Steelworkers Local 8888 launched a campaign to name it after the hometown hero a year ago.

The group, which represents workers at Newport News Shipbuilding, created a petition for the naming and collected 2,500 signatures to present to Mayor Donnie Tuck and the Hampton City Council, according to a press release.

Jackson was the first African-American female engineer at NASA, the press release stated, and she was one of the three African-American trailblazers portrayed in the 2016 movie “Hidden Figures.”

After the council voted, USW Local 8888 President Arnold Outlaw said, “Last night the Hampton City Council made a dream come true. A new neighborhood center will have Mary Jackson’s name on it – in her hometown.”

Outlaw also said it’s the group’s 40th anniversary and he’s proud of their “legacy-defining accomplishment.”