African-Americans at the
University of Iowa
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Archives. Hawkeye 1907
Laurence C. Jones graduated from the University of
Iowa in 1907. He was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, on November 21,
1884. Very little is known about Jones' college years. After
graduation, Jones first taught at Utica Institute and later moved to
Piney Woods, Mississippi, where he founded the Piney Woods Country
Life School in 1909.
Jones started the school with little monetary resources
and three students. Over the years, Jones transformed this small
unknown academy into a premier institution. Jones was on the advisory
council of the Mississippi Federation of Colored Women's Clubs and
the state executive committee for the Y.M.C.A..
The University of Iowa (then SUI) President Virgil Hancher
named Jones one of the University's 10 most outstanding alumni.
Up Through Difficulties (1910), Piney Woods and
Its Story (1923), and The Bottom Rail (1933) are among
several books and articles published by Jones.
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