The Rev. Dr. Solomon Jackson Jr.
The Rev. Dr. Solomon Jackson Jr. is pastor and founder of Solomon’s Temple in Columbia, SC.
Jackson grew up in the Wheeler Hill community of Columbia and graduated from Booker T. Washington, where he excelled as a student athlete. He entered the ministry in 1978, serving for 10 years as the pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church in Ridgeway, S.C., and Hyco Baptist Church in Cassett, S.C. before leading Hyco Baptist Church’s ministry for 24 years. He retired from the S.C. Department of Revenue in 2000.
He earned an associate degree from Midlands Technical College and has been awarded several honorary degrees including a Doctor of Divinity degree from Morris College School of Religion in Sumter, S.C., where he attended and was elected to the college’s board of trustees in 2010 and a Doctor in Pastoral Ministry degree from Central Christian University of South Carolina, where he serves as acting chairman of the university’s board of trustees. In 2011, he was conferred a Doctor of Humane Letters from Claflin University.
He is a member of the 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia and the founder of the “Solomon Jackson Jr. Foundation,” which is dedicated to the support of students in higher education.
In 2010 Jackson gave $1.7 million to the University of South Carolina for renovations to the Booker T. Washington auditorium building.