Interview with Mary Jones, January 19, 1979

Project: Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Widow of Pastor W.A. Jones of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Mrs. Jones attended Kentucky State College and moved to Lexington in 1932. She discusses the first sit-in held during Lexington's civil rights movement, the role of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, and the first African Americans ever served at the Phoenix Hotel. She recalls the reaction to the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) by the white community, Lexington's African American cemetery, and other forms of segregation and discrimination. Mrs. Jones also reminisces about activist Abby Marlatt, newspaperman Fred Wachs, and her husband.

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1979oh074_kh139

Interviewee Name

Mary Jones

Interviewer Name

Edward Owens

Interview Date

1979-01-19

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Jones, Mary Interview by Edward Owens. 19 Jan. 1979. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Jones, M. (1979, January 19). Interview by E. Owens. Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Jones, Mary, interview by Edward Owens. January 19, 1979, Blacks in Lexington Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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