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.
Miss Ann Arbor Presents Fund Drive Check To "Our Own Thing" Organization, April 1969 Photographer: Cecil Lockard
Ann Arbor News, April 17, 1969
Diane Borgus, Miss Ann Arbor and a member of the "Our Own Thing" organization staff, hands Ralph M. Gibson (center), the group's financial officer, the first check received in a drive to send two talented local young people to the Interlochen Arts Academy for the summer. Left to right are Henry Pope, 15, of 524 N. Fourth, who will be sent to the academy to study drama; Miss Borgus, Gibson, Bridgette Kay McFadden of 519 Fifth, a flutist who will study music at the Traverse City academy, and her father, Carroll McFadden. The drive to provide the two scholarships officially got under way today following an organizational meeting last night at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.