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Jones School

Jones School was an anchor of Ann Arbor’s historically Black neighborhood (what is now Kerrytown) from the early twentieth century until 1965. Many living Ann Arbor residents remember attending Jones School during the Civil Rights Era. In 1964 the Ann Arbor Board of Education acknowledged that, with over 75% Black students, Jones was a “de facto” segregated school. Jones School closed in 1965, and several years later the building reopened as Community High School.

Ann Arbor High School students practice for the annual square dance, March 1944

Ann Arbor High School students practice for the annual square dance, March 1944 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, March 24, 1944
Caption
SQUARE DANCE PLANNED TONIGHT: Ann Arbor High school students are practicing up on swinging their partners, in preparation for the annual square dance which will be given in the high school gymnasium from 8 o'clock until 11 o'clock tonight. Members of the Girls' Athletic Club are sponsoring the party.
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Legacies Project Oral History: Eunice Burns

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 10:02am

Eunice L. Burns was born in 1923 and grew up on a farm in Caledonia, Minnesota. She attended La Crosse State Teachers College and became a physical education teacher. She and her husband Carl Burns had four children, and the family enjoyed camping and other outdoor activities. They were married for fifteen years before his tragic death in a sailing accident. Burns (D) represented the First Ward on the Ann Arbor City Council for six years (1962-68). She championed the Fair Housing Ordinance and the establishment of the Huron River Watershed Council. She passed away on October 20, 2016.

Eunice Burns was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2010 as part of the Legacies Project.

Philipp and Vera Gerhardt Practice for Inter-Church Square Dance, January 1963

Philipp and Vera Gerhardt Practice for Inter-Church Square Dance, January 1963 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, January 8, 1963
Caption
Swinging Partners: Mr. and Mrs. Philipp Gerhardt of E. Stadium Blvd. practice for the inter-church square dance to be staged Friday at the First Presbyterian Church, in which the First Methodist, Bethlehem United Church of Christ and the First Congregational Church are also participating.

Square Dancing in Tappan Junior High gym, January 1954

Square Dancing in Tappan Junior High gym, January 1954 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, January 30, 1954
Caption
They all swing and the full skirts fly. The Square Dance Jamboree held last night at Tappan School drew people from all around the county, packing the gymnasium. Seven callers joined to call the dances.

Square Dancing in Tappan Junior High gym, January 1954

Square Dancing in Tappan Junior High gym, January 1954 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, January 30, 1954
Caption
The Schottische folk dance and other circle dances also had a definite place at the Jamboree. Notice the black and white matching outfits worn by a Saline couple at right.