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Grace Morris Allen Jones papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0277

Scope and Contents

The Grace Morris Allen Jones papers date from 1927 to 1975 and contain 6 photocopied items. The papers include a photocopied section from Who's Who in Colored America (1927), three newspaper clippings about Jones, an article that Jones wrote for The Palimpsest about her grandparents, Harry and Charlotta Pyles, and a dedication address Jones presented at the Piney Woods Country Life School.


  • Creation: 1927-1975


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Originals of these papers are housed at the Piney Woods Country Life School. To quote from these materials, please request permission from Angela Stewart, Piney Woods Country Life School Archives, P.O. Box 92, Piney Woods, Mississippi 39148.

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Biographical / Historical

Grace Morris Allen Jones, educator, was born in Keokuk, Iowa on January 7, 1876 and grew up in Burlington, Iowa. Allen was the grandaughter of Charlotta Pyles, a formerly enslaved woman from Kentucky who moved to Iowa upon gaining her freedom, became an abolitionist lecturer, and assisted fugitives from slavery in her Keokuk home.

In 1902, Allen established the Grace M. Allen Industrial School in Burlington for African-American students. The school was so successful that white students began to attend. Allen employed both African-American and white teachers. She closed the school in 1906.

In 1912, she married Dr. Laurence Jones, a University of Iowa graduate who founded the Piney Woods Country Life School in Piney Woods, Mississippi. Grace Jones was proficient at fundraising for the Piney Woods School and also taught laundry, sewing, domestic science, weaving and textiles, and basketry courses there. Jones was a member of the Mississippi State Federation of Colored Women's Clubs. As part of her club work, she taught the women of the area about child rearing and nutrition.

Jones was deeply involved in women's issues and was particularly concerned about the welfare of children. She led an effort to establish a training school for African-American children, which resulted in the founding of a school by the Mississippi State Federated Colored Women's Clubs in 1928. That institution, based in Learned, Mississippi, eventually was purchased by the State of Mississippi and renamed Oakley School. Jones was also concerned about health care and sanitation issues, particularly the number of tuberculosis cases among blacks in the same state. In 1923, she organized a state conference on health and welfare. She died from the after-effects of pneumonia in 1928.


0.25 linear inches

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Burlington, Iowa born educator and wife of Dr. Laurence C. Jones, founder of Piney Woods Country Life School in Piney Woods, Mississippi.


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 380) were donated by the Piney Woods Country Life School in 1996.

Related Materials

Additional information on Grace Morris Allen Jones is housed at the Piney Woods Country Life School Archives, Piney Woods, MS 39148. Phone: (601) 845-2114.

Kristen Rassbach, 1997; Kathryn M. Neal, 1998.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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