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.
Clifford E. Bryant, Janitor At Dickens Elementary Receives Watch For Retirement From Principal Emerson Powrie, May 1971
Ann Arbor News, June 2, 1971
Clifford Bryant (Left) Receives Watch From Dickens Principal Emerson Powrie