City of Jackson solicits contributions for redesign of city seal

JACKSON, MI – Residents of Jackson will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on what the city’s new seal should look like.

The Jackson Public Arts Commission (JPAC) is holding a meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 17 in the 10th-floor conference room of Jackson City Hall, 161 W. Michigan Ave.

Ideas from the meeting will be used to come up with design concepts.

In July, city officials announced they were looking for designers to change the seal to something that better represents the diversity of the Jackson community.

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The current seal, which was adopted in 1937, refers to a statue in Washington, DC of the city’s namesake, US President Andrew Jackson. Beyond its reference to the name, the statue and President Jackson have no direct connection to the city of Jackson, officials said.

The city seal is currently used on official documents and for display purposes around city facilities.

Jackson was a slave holder who signed the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which led to the forced relocation of Native Americans along the “Trail of Tears”. For this reason, some have called for the removal of the DC statue upon which the city’s seal is based, officials said.

The arts commission recently reviewed proposals from graphic design companies and selected Weblinx, a Chicago-based web design company, to redesign the seal.

The only design specifications for the new seal are that it must be circular, include the name “Town of Jackson” and note the year the community was founded in 1829. No reference to Andrew Jackson is permitted.

Once feedback is collected at the August 17 meeting, Weblinx will come up with design concepts. When they are completed, the arts commission will review the designs and select their top two picks. Both of these designs will be considered by city council, and a new seal may be adopted.

City council may consider a redesign at a meeting in September, JPAC chair Angela Edward said in a statement.

“JPAC will be looking for seal designs that encompass integrity, inclusiveness and a more current representation of how the city identifies,” said Edward.

The August 17 arts commission meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and takes place in the 10th-floor conference room at Jackson City Hall. Design ideas and comments can also be emailed to [email protected] or placed in the drop box in front of City Hall, 161 W. Michigan Ave.

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