History-Making Supervisor Jack Junius Green, Jr. (1943-2014) was the first black resident to hold Nottoway County elected office, representing District Three for 26 1/2 years on the Board of Supervisors. Green’s path was a difficult one. He first ran for the Board in 1983, narrowly losing by 35 votes to Peter Harris Fitzgerald.
After Fitzgerald died in a farm-related accident in Nov. 1986, Supervisors appointed Garland Jones -- not Green -- to fill Fitzgerald’s vacancy.
Six weeks after taking office, Jones died unexpectedly in January 1987, and Supervisors considered Green, Everette Pennington, and Joe Irby for the vacancy. Supervisors announced an impasse and then -- in a special Saturday morning meeting on Valentine’s Day 1987 -- made a surprise and unanimous pick: county farmer Hugh Robertson.
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