O.H. Jackson Napier
Country: The United States of America
Organization / Group Affiliation: Appalachia – Science in the Public Interest (A-SPI), East Tennessee State
Area where the fellow’s project will be applied: Mount Vernon, Kentucky, United States, (Appalachia)
Project Title: “Improving Social Well-Being through Community Gardening in Mount Vernon, Kentucky”
Project Description: Recently appointed as caretaker of the Appalachia Science in the Public Interest (ASPI)
offices, Jackson plans to use the Mountain Sentinels Fellowship funding to renovate the property, utilizing the
space to create community gardens. This initiative seeks to promote healthy, active lifestyles while strengthening
the sense of community in an Appalachian town.
Personal Bio: O.H. Jackson Napier, of Breathitt County, Kentucky, is an Appalachian Quaker activist who serves homeless and food-insecure individuals in the greater Berea area of Kentucky. He is currently a caretaker for the Mt Vernon campus of Appalachia Science in the Public Interest and is also working towards a certificate of graduate studies in Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University. A 2017 graduate of Berea College, Napier has had the privilege to travel abroad to Italy, South Korea, Haiti, Ireland, Northern Ireland, France, and Denmark. In August, Napier will enroll at Earlham School of Religion, the oldest Quaker seminary in the nation, where he will pursue a Masters of Arts in Peace and Social Transformation. Napier serves as a board member of Berea Faith Community Outreach, the Peace and Social Concerns and Finance Committees for the Southern Appalachian Yearly (Quaker) Meeting and Association, and is a student fellow with the Poor People’s Campaign. After his time in seminary, Napier plans to establish a Quaker ministry in eastern Kentucky.