Rosalyn A. Browne
N.J. Lic.#4315

Rosalyn A. Browne is a licensed funeral director and manager of Jackson Funeral Residence in Jersey City, New Jersey. The funeral home is a 66 year old business and a part of The Legacy left to me by my father, the late Herbert A. Jackson. I am a graduate of the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service and Essex County College (Magna Cum Laude). The Jackson Family feels that JFR is not just a business, but a tradition of community service and activism. "To whom much is given, much will be expected." If one is blessed, one should give those blessings back to the community in which one lives and works.

It was my parent's Christian training and work as a Sunday School Teacher at Monumental Baptist Church which inspired me to pursue a better quality of life in my Lafayette neighborhood. Although Jackson Funeral Residence is located in a historic area of the city, it was overrun by illegal dealers and the ancillary crimes associated with drug trafficking. Gangs were operating on every corner of Lafayette even in the neighborhood's Reverend Dr. Ercel F. Webb Park.

Consequently, in October of 2000, I joined with a group of caring neighbors to meet at Dorkas Beauty Salon, in the heart of the illegal drug activity to formulate a way to address the drug problem in our community. The group began meeting with the police and those informal meetings lead to the formation of the "Communipaw Avenue Block Association Inc." or CABA where I serve as president. CABA has worked with the Jersey City Police Narcotics Squad to help get the drug dealers off our streets and out of our communities.

CABA has initiated numerous block clean-up activities in Lafayette requesting that the City of Jersey City restore the dilapidated storefronts of Communipaw Avenue and Lafayette's commercial district, with the Block-Front Restoration Project. CABA helped identify delinquent property owners, and worked with the late Mayor Glenn Cunningham on the communities original design and restoration of Rev. Ercel F. Webb Park, which reopened on July 10, 2004. CABA formed the Webb Park Garden which is composed of CABA members and students from the Webb School and Assumption All Saints School as well as gardeners from the neighborhood.

In addition, CABA has also worked with other community activists to help form the Combined City Wide Block Association. This organization is a combination of the block associations throughout Jersey City. The CCWBA works to reduce crime by working with the police and local residents.

I am the recipient of the 2003 Historic Preservation Award, the Jersey Journal Everyday Hero Award for Building Better Neighborhoods, the Urban League of Hudson County award for Community Activism, and the NAACP Madame C.J. Walker Enterprise Award for outstanding community service.It is my humble honor to care for your loved one and to serve you in the traditions of Jackson Funeral Residence excellence.



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