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Famous Jackson State University Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Jackson State University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Jackson State University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Jackson State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Jackson State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Jackson State University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Jackson State University.

The list you're viewing has a variety of graduates in it, like Morgan Freeman and Walter Payton.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Jackson State University?” and “Which celebrities are Jackson State University alumni?”
  • Morgan Freeman1

    Morgan Freeman

    Businessperson, Television producer


    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor, film director, and film narrator....  more

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  • Walter Payton2

    Walter Payton

    American football player

    AgeDied at 45 (1954-1999)

    BirthplaceColumbia, Mississippi, United States of America

    Walter Jerry Payton (July 25, 1954 – November 1, 1999) was an American football running back...  more

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  • Tim Barnett3

    Tim Barnett

    American football player


    BirthplaceGunnison, Mississippi

    Tim Andre Barnett (born April 19, 1968 in Gunnison, Mississippi) is a former professional...  more
  • Bennie Thompson4

    Bennie Thompson



    BirthplaceBolton, Mississippi, United States of America

    Bennie Gordon Thompson (born January 28, 1948) is an American politician serving as the U.S....  more
  • Patricia Jessamy5


    BirthplaceHollandale, Mississippi, United States of America

    Patricia Coats Jessamy is a former chief prosecutor for the City of Baltimore, Maryland. She...  more
  • Rod Paige6

    Rod Paige



    BirthplaceMonticello, Mississippi, United States of America

    Roderick Raynor Paige (born June 17, 1933) served as the 7th United States Secretary of...  more
  • James Meredith7
    James Howard Meredith (born June 25, 1933) is a Civil Rights Movement figure, writer,...  more
  • Lindsey Hunter8

    Lindsey Hunter

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceUtica, Mississippi

    Lindsey Benson Hunter Jr. (born December 3, 1970) is an American former professional...  more
  • 9

    Cletis Gordon

    American football player


    BirthplaceAmite City, Louisiana

    Cletis Gordon (born April 23, 1983) is a former American football cornerback in the National...  more
  • Rich Caster10

    Rich Caster

    American football player


    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama

    Richard C. Caster (born October 16, 1948) is a former American football wide receiver and...  more
  • Erik R. Fleming11

    Erik R. Fleming



    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Erik Robert Fleming (born February 2, 1965) is an American politician who was a member of the...  more
  • Cassandra Wilson12

    Cassandra Wilson

    Arranger, Record producer


    BirthplaceJackson, Mississippi, United States of America

    Cassandra Wilson (born December 4, 1955) is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter,...  more

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  • Oil Can Boyd13

    Oil Can Boyd

    Baseball player


    BirthplaceMeridian, Mississippi

    Dennis Ray "Oil Can" Boyd (born October 6, 1959) is a former starting pitcher in Major League...  more
  • Coy Bacon14

    Coy Bacon

    American football player

    AgeDied at 66 (1942-2008)

    BirthplaceCadiz, Kentucky

    Lander McCoy Bacon (August 30, 1942 – December 22, 2008) was a professional American football...  more
  • Jimmy Smith15

    Jimmy Smith

    American football player


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Jimmy Lee Smith Jr. (born February 9, 1969) is a former American football wide receiver in the...  more
  • 16

    Bobby Curtis

    American football player


    BirthplaceMacon, Georgia

    Robert Waymon Curtis (born October 23, 1964 in Macon, Georgia) is a former American football...  more
  • Tonea Stewart17

    Tonea Stewart

    Educator, Actor


    BirthplaceGreenwood, Mississippi, United States of America

    Tonea Stewart (born February 3, 1947), also Tommie Stewart, is an American actress and...  more
  • John Outlaw18

    John Outlaw

    American football player

    AgeDied at 66 (1945-2011)

    BirthplaceClarksdale, Mississippi

    John L. Outlaw (born January 8, 1945) is a former American football defensive back in the...  more
  • Rashard Anderson19

    Rashard Anderson

    American football player


    BirthplaceForest, Mississippi

    Rashard Anderson (born June 14, 1977) is a former American football cornerback in the NFL who...  more
  • 20

    David Windham

    American football player


    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama

    David Rogers Windham (born March 14, 1961 in Mobile, Alabama) is a former American football...  more
  • Lem Barney21

    Lem Barney

    American football player


    BirthplaceGulfport, Mississippi

    Lemuel Joseph Barney (born September 8, 1945) is a former American football player. A native...  more
  • 22

    Eddie Payton

    Coach, American football player


    BirthplaceColumbia, Mississippi

    Edward Charles Payton Jr. (born August 3, 1951 in Columbia, Mississippi) is a former American...  more
  • Leon Gray23

    Leon Gray

    American football player

    AgeDied at 50 (1951-2001)

    BirthplaceOlive Branch, Mississippi

    Leon Gray (November 15, 1951 – November 11, 2001) was an American football tackle in the...  more
  • Ricky Patton24

    Ricky Patton

    American football player


    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan

    Ricky Patton (born April 6, 1954) is a former professional American football player who played...  more
  • 25

    Leon Seals

    American football player


    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Leon Seals, Jr. (born January 30, 1964 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former American...  more