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Jacqueline Jones Holland (1925-2007)

Jacqueline Jones Holland, was born in Boston, receive a bachelor of science degree from Boston University in 1947. The following year, she was awarded a master’s degree in history from Howard University. In 1950, she married Albert Holland Jr. and moved to New York City, living first in Harlem, then moving to Orangeburg.

          She began her teaching career in earnest at Orangeburg Elementary School, where she taught fifth grade from 1958 to 1968. In 1969, she received an elementary principal’s certificate and in 1973, her doctorate in educational administration from the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University. She served as principal of Tappan Zee Elementary School in Piermont from 1974 to 1981 and in 1979 was appointed to the board of trustees of RCC.

          In 1987 Dr. Holland co-founded and became the first president of the African-American Historical Society of Rockland County, publishing The History of St. Charles AME Zion Church for the Historical Society of Rockland County in 1989. She also became an adjunct professor of history at Dominican College in Blauvelt, where she developed and taught a course on the African American experience.

          Dr. Holland was a member of the Nyack branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a member of the Association of Community College Trustees, a member of Historical Society of Rockland County, a member of the board of directors of the Association of Community College Trustees and a member of Partners of the Americas of Rockland County. She was the founder and first president of Pi Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. In 2005, she was inducted into the Rockland County Civil Rights Hall of Fame.