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Funeral details released for Bunnie Jackson-Ransom, Atlanta's first Black First Lady

Jackson-Ransom went on to be a significantly influential figure in the Atlanta business community across several decades.

ATLANTA — Atlanta's first Black lady - who then rose to influence in the city as a businesswoman and philanthropist - will be remembered Monday, Feb. 13 in funeral services after her death at 82.

Burnella Hayes Jackson-Ransom, who was known as Bunnie, died on Thursday surrounded by family, according to representatives. Her public relations firm, First Class, Inc. was one of Atlanta's first agencies owned by a Black woman and worked with clients ranging from the King Center to Burger King.

Jackson-Ransom was an Atlanta heavyweight in the field for more than 45 years until she retired in 2020. Her philanthropy included work with the High Museum and Atlanta Symphony.

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According to a release, her final arrangements are being handled by Murray Brothers Funeral Home. The services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Jackson-Ransom first rose to prominence alongside her first husband, Maynard H. Jackson Jr., who became Atlanta's first Black mayor in 1974.

"She was a loving mother, a dear friend and a true trailblazer," a release said.

Jackson-Ransom had three daughters, a son and ten grandchildren, and was an active member of Cascade United Methodist Church in southwest Atlanta.


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