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AACHM Oral History: Jennifer and Hershal Brown

Mon, 09/12/2022 - 10:41am

Jennifer and Hershal BrownHershal Brown was born in 1946. He lived off and on with his parents in Gary, Indiana, but he was raised primarily by his grandparents in Ann Arbor. He remembers having many role models at Bethel AME Church. After graduating from Ann Arbor High School, Brown served in the military in Spain. He worked at Ford Motor Company in pre-prototype coordination for 31 years. He also worked and volunteered for the Ann Arbor Public Schools and the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s department. He married his longtime sweetheart Jennifer Benton in 1968 and they have two daughters, Charisse and Heather. 

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Jennifer Brown was born in 1948 in Ann Arbor to Charles and Laurel Benton. She recalls learning to fish with her father and attending Jones School. Her mother encouraged her to take advanced classes in high school. Brown worked in banking and bank management for the first half of her career while her children were young. Later in life she got her master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan and became a social worker. She has been married to her husband Hershal Brown for 53 years. They have two daughters, Charisse and Heather, and three grandchildren.

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AACHM Oral History: Patricia Manley

Wed, 08/24/2022 - 8:47am

Pat ManleyPatricia Ashford Manley was born in 1945 in Ann Arbor, and she was raised by her mother. She remembers attending Jones Elementary School and trying out for cheerleading at Ann Arbor High School. Manley graduated from Western Michigan University in 1970 and later earned her master’s in counseling from Eastern Michigan University. She worked as a teacher, cheerleading coach, and guidance counselor at Huron High School for thirty-one years, and was principal of Thurston Elementary School for ten years. She and her husband Lamont Manley enjoy traveling and going to concerts together. They have been married for 43 years.

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Old Neighborhood Reunion Participants Share Memories, August 1996 Photographer: William Jordan

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Ann Arbor News, August 18, 1996
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Let to right, Shirley Beckley of Ann Arbor, Whit Chapman of New Orleans and Claude Baker of Ann Arbor look through newspaper clippings from a time when they all were neighbors and went to school together at Jones School.

View of Jones School Playground From Detroit Street, July 1965 Photographer: Duane Scheel

View of Jones School Playground From Detroit Street, July 1965 image
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Ann Arbor News, July 5, 1965
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Decision Coming On Jones School Playground: The Ann Arbor Board of Education will decide the fate of the Jones School playground (bottom picture) at its meeting Wednesday. The playground may become a parking lot to accommodate employees of the public school facilities presently housed at Perry School. Some citizens have urged the board to maintain and improve the playground. Perry has been sold to the University and must be vacated by Aug. 1. The facilities there will be transferred to Jones. Use of the farmers' market parking lot (foreground, bottom picture) has been considered as a possible solution to the problem. Other solutions suggested include the use of the school's front lawn (top picture) as either a play or parking area.