CreoleGen encourages its readers to contribute to the effort to preserve the historic Valena C. Jones School. Some of us here at CreoleGen were present at a recent school board meeting, when the sale of Jones and several historic school buildings was fortunately postponed due to community outcry. A significant step is to erect a marker at Jones School. Read below to find out how you can help.
The Plessy and Ferguson Foundation is partnering with Beecher Memorial United Church of Christ to place a historical marker on the site of the Valena C. Jones Elementary School in New Orleans’ Seventh Ward neighborhood. Valena C. Jones was the first public elementary school for African American children in the Seventh Ward; a quest which began in 1905 by community members who sought an adequate education for their children. The building you see today was dedicated in October 1929, 86 years ago this month.
The goal is to raise $3000.00 to pay for the cost of the plaque which is $2590.00 and a little extra for the unveiling ceremony and reception on November 14, 2015, which will be held at the site of the school on North Miro and Annette streets 12 pm. Together we will preserve the memory of Jones School, our early teachers and recognize the work of the Seventh Ward Education League and Beecher Memorial Church. The building should be placed on the National Register of Historic Places and restored, allowing this sacred space to once again, serve the community and future generations. Click the link HERE to make your contribution to this very worthy cause!
(CreoleGen has featured Valena C. Jones School, its founders, its history, its normal school, its teachers, its distinguished visitors, and its countless alumni on several occasions. Simply enter “Valena C. Jones” in the search box at the top of the page to learn more.)