On June 8, Jackson's family gathered around his deathbed. His favorite slaves stood at the door. Jackson asked for his glasses. When he saw everyone assembled, he said, in a widely reported scene:
"I am my God's. I belong to him. I go but a short time before you, and I want to meet you all in heaven, both white & black."
When everyone burst into tears, including -- most famously -- the
slaves, Jackson asked:
"What is the matter with my Dear Children? Have I alarmed you? Oh, do not cry -- be good children & we will all meet in heaven."
Sources: Karsner 395, Remini 3: 524, Davis 385.
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