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Posted on: February 22, 2022

[ARCHIVED] 2022 Eulace Peacock Unsung Hero Award recipient

It is with great pleasure that the Township of Union has announced Jackie Carter, Vauxhall resident, as the 2022 Eulace Peacock Unsung Hero Award recipient. The Eulace Peacock Award recognizes those who humbly, diligently, and passionately seek change and progression within our community without looking for credit or recognition. Unsung Heroes inspire and impact others without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, disability, or national origin.

“It was an emotional experience stopping by the Carter residence to surprise and award Jackie,” noted Mayor Manuel Figueiredo, “Without a doubt, Jackie has made meaningful contributions to the Black Community and has a long history of helping children; throughout Union and Vauxhall.”


Jackie Carter, married to Kurt Carter for 47 years, is the mother of two children, Erika and Kurt Jr, grandmother to Elijah, Kylee, Avery, and great-grandmother to Aubree. Jackie is the proud owner and director of the “All Because of Christ Day Care Center” in Vauxhall, which opened its doors in December 1990. Jackie is also an active member of the Aenon Baptist Church. She took on various roles throughout the years, such as secretary, nursery class assistant teacher, administrative assistant, while also serving her community as the first African-American woman appointed to serve as a Mayor’s Aide. Jackie is currently a Union Library Board of Directors Trustee and a member of the Township of Union Board of Health. 


Since 2017, the Township of Union has annually awarded an individual with the Eulace Peacock Unsung Hero Award, who has made a substantive yet unrecognized contribution to the Township of Union through athletics, public service, mentorship, or social activism.


The award was presented to Carter in a surprise by Mayor Figueiredo at her home while local access channel, UnionTV34 interviewed Jackie and her family for a Black History Month Showcase. The interview will premiere on the Township’s Facebook page @twpunionnj on Friday, February 25 at 3 pm.


About Eulace Peacock:

Eulace Peacock was a 1933 graduate of Union High School and a Union High School Athletic Hall of Fame inaugural class. He was one of the world’s leading sprinters and long jumpers in the decade before World War II and is most known for being Jesse Owens’s primary rival.  

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