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Interesting Facts about Cartoonist Jackie Ormes



Jackie Ormes Cartoonist

Search Engine giant Google honors the first African-American Black woman cartoonist and activist Jackie Ormes with an animated slideshow doodle on September 1, 2020. On this day in 1945, Jackie Ormes’ historic single panel “Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger” showed up in the Pittsburgh Courier, familiarizing the world with the smart and fashionable Ginger and her insightful 6-year-old sister Patty-Jo.

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Google Doodle for Celebrating Jackie Ormes

Here’s a look at the life and work of American Black woman cartoonist and activist Jackie Ormes.


  • Birth name: Zelda Mavin Jackson
  • Birthdate: August 1, 1911
  • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US
  • Died on: December 26, 1985 (aged 74)
  • Death place: Chicago, Illinois, US
  • Father name: William Winfield Jackson
  • Mother name: Mary Brown Jackson
  • Nationality: American
  • Zodiac Sign: Leo
  • Known for: Cartoonist, Journalist, and Comics Artist
  • Notable works: Torchy Brown in Dixie to Harlem
    • Candy
    • Patty Jo ‘n’ Ginger
    • Torchy in Heartbeats (originally titled Torchy Brown Heartbeats) and accompanying Torchy Togs (paper doll cutouts).
  • Awards: National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame
    • Will Eisner Comic Industry Hall of Fame

20 Interesting Facts about Jackie Ormes

  1. Jackie Ormes was an African American Cartoonist.
  1. She was eminent for being the first African American woman cartoonist.
  1. In 1930, Jackie Ormes graduated from secondary school in Monongahela.
  1. Jackie Ormes later joined Pittsburgh Courier and began journalism as a proofreader.
  1. She at that point functioned as a freelance author, police cases writing, human interest topics, court cases, and as an editor.
  1. In 1931, Jackie Ormes got married to Earl Ormes with whom they had one kid who passed on following three years of a brain tumor.
  1. In 1937, Jackie Ormes’ first comic strip ‘Torchy Brown in Dixie to Harlem’ highlighted in the Pittsburgh Courier. The strip ran until 1938.
  1. Jackie Ormes moved to Chicago in 1942, and before long started writing occasional articles and, quickly, a social column for The Chicago Defender, one of the country’s leading black newspapers, a week after week around then.
  1. In 1945, her work ‘Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger’ which was a single panel cartoon debuted for eleven years.
  1. In 1947, Jackie Ormes signed an agreement with Terri Lee Doll Company for the release of dolls taking after the ‘Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger’ characters.
  1. In 1949, her agreement with Terri Lee Company expired.
  1. In 1950, Jackie Ormes brought back a re-designed ‘Torchy in Heartbeats’ comic strip.
  1. In 1956, Jackie Ormes retired from cartooning. She after that continued with making art which included: representations, murals, and still lifes.
  1. She volunteered in creating fundraiser fashion shows and entertainments at her South Side Chicago Community.
  1. Jackie Ormes later became the DuSable Museum of African American History’s individual from the establishing board of directors. She later became a doll collector.
  1. In 2014, Jackie Ormes was accepted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame.
  1. In 2018, she was drafted as a judge’s choice into the Will Eisner Comic Industry Eisner Award Hall of Fame.
  1. Jackie Ormes passed on December 26, 1985, of a cerebral hemorrhage in Chicago. She died at the age of 74 years.
  1. Jackie Ormes’ creations resisted desires for black women, however, gave her readership solid models for what the next ground-breaking generation of youthful black women could become.
  1. On September 1, 2020, Google respected Jackie Ormes with an animated slideshow doodle to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first publication of the comic strip Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger.

Dan Zinman started his career as an astronomer and college professor and quickly expanded into popularizing the understanding of science and scientific discovery. He did this through writing books, essays, and articles. He is contributing by writing news articles for


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