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Sol Max Jacobs

Gender: Male

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Biographical/Historical note:

Sol M. Jacobs, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was born on December 13, 1910. After working various jobs in Pittsburgh and a stint in the army during WWII, Jacobs moved to Greensboro in 1949. There he took over operation of Sam Lejeune deli from his parents, which was later named Jay’s Deli. Jay's was one of Greensboro’s only integrated restaurants and hosted informal discussion groups. Jacobs left the restaurant business in 1979 to pursue a career in local politics.

Although he was unsuccessful in two campaigns for mayor, Jacobs continued to be active in issues such as representative government, adequate housing, and equal access to the government. He established a grassroots organization, Citizens for Representative Government (now Citizens for Responsible Government). Sol Jacobs died on May 8, 1994 at the age of 83.

Items created by this individual or group:
Item thumbnail image Oral history interview with Sol Jacobs by William Link
Date: December 9, 1986
By: Sol Max Jacobs
From: GreensboroVOICES Collection

In this transcript of a December 9, 1986, oral history interview conducted by William Link with Sol Jacobs, Jacobs recalls race relations in Jim Crow Greensboro in the 1950s and the general sentime...

Item thumbnail image Oral History Interview with Sol Jacobs by Scott Ellsworth
Date: December1977
By: Sol Max Jacobs
From: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

This oral history interview conducted by Scott Ellsworth circa December, 1977, with Sol Jacobs primarily documents Jacobs’ involvement in civil rights efforts in the sixties as the operator of Jay’...