Jones, Lillie, 1892-


Jones was born in 1892 in Lauderdale County, Mississippi and soon after her family moved to Neshoba County. She attended a rural school and upon completion of the eighth grade her schooling ended. Jones was active in the civil rights movement in Mississippi and attempted to improve the conditions for African Americans in the South. She testified before a congressional committee about the conditions under which African Americans had to live in Mississippi. The roads in the African American part of town were in need of repair and Jones challenged the United States government. She told the Department of Justice that if the roads were not repaired that she would stop the African Americans in Neshoba County from paying their taxes. The streets were soon repaired.

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