Jane Eskind remembered as political pioneer

Courtesy: Eskind Family

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – She knew presidents, and the Tennessean who almost became one, Jane Eskind was remembered Wednesday as a trailblazing political woman who was at home in the churches of north Nashville, as she was in the White House.

While much of her life was public, things were often done quietly by Jane and her husband Dick Eskind to help those less fortunate.

“With my father being in office, the efforts that Ms. Eskind made in the African-American community were duly noted,” said Rep. Harold Love Jr. “She and my father were very good friends and you talk about someone who was comfortable with African-Americans, that was Jane Eskind.”

Jane Eskind (Courtesy: The Eskind family)
Jane Eskind (Courtesy: The Eskind family)

Eskind was well-known for things such as being the first woman to be elected statewide in Tennessee and the first woman to lead a major party in the state, but her grandchildren gave a glimpse of a woman who was never known as grandma.

She insisted instead they call her by her first name.

“Being Jane and not grandma gave her license to give some non-traditional advice,” said grandson Jeremy Lehman. “You can eat dessert first sometimes, and there are some fights you do not back down from.”

Many have said that every woman in political office in Tennessee stand on the shoulders on Eskind’s.

Just last year, Linda Eskind Rebrovick ran for Nashville mayor.

“She cared about family, she cared about people of all races religion and color,” said Rebrovick. “And she wanted to make sure that women have a voice.

Eskind did just that, and so much more.

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