Eugene Jackson

Image of Prohibition Agent Eugene Jackson
Date of Birth: 
Date of Death: 
July 31, 1932
Location of Death: 
Chicago, IL
Image of the Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms badge

Circumstances of Death

Prohibition Agent Eugene Jackson and Narcotic Inspector James Fletcher were in the vicinity of 3806 South Parkway, Chicago, IL, when they observed what appeared to be a delivery of moonshine liquor.  A man, later identified as Drew Clark, was observed entering a nearby residence carrying a package resembling a gallon of whiskey.  When Clark later departed empty handed, Agent Jackson approached him and negotiated for the purchase of a gallon of liquor for himself. Clark agreed to come back within the hour with another gallon of liquor for Agent Jackson, but apparently suspicious, he warned him that there would be trouble if he was "the police."

Clark returned and removed a gallon jug from his car and Agent Jackson paid him $1.  After the exchange, Agent Jackson identified himself and took hold of Clark to place him under arrest.  However, Clark broke free, drew a revolver and shot Agent Jackson twice.  Inspector Fletcher arrived on the scene and tried to come to Agent Jackson's assistance, but Clark fired several shots at him and escaped.  Agent Jackson was rushed to the local hospital, but died shortly thereafter.  Drew Clark was later arrested and indicted for the murder of Agent Jackson.


Agent Jackson joined the Prohibition Unit on September 12, 1925, with an annual salary of $1,860.  He carried badge #477.  Agent Jackson is the first known African-American special agent in the Bureau.


Agent Jackson was born in Washington, DC.  He was survived by his wife, Lilly Mae (née Twitty) and his mother, Emma Jackson.

Associated Artifacts: 
Image of newspaper article from The Sheboggen Press, dated, August 1, 1932, with headline: Negro Prohibition Agent is Slain
Image of newspaper article from The Daily Northwestern, dated, August 1, 1932, with headline: Negro Prohibition Agent is Slain by Reputed Bootlegger
Image of newspaper article from Reno Evening Gazette, dated, August 1, 1932, with headline: Negro Agent Meets Death
Image of newspaper article from Oakland Tribune, dated August 1, 1932, with headline: Prohibition Agent Slain
Image of telegram regarding the death of Agent Eugene Jackson
Image of telegram indicting Drew Clark for murder of Agent Eugene Jackson
Last Reviewed October 1, 2015