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Jones, Margaret Ellen Barnes

(born: 1911  -  died: 2000) 

A major in the U.S. Army, Margaret E. B. Jones was with the only African American military women's unit (the 6888th Postal Unit) to go overseas during World War II. Her first post as an officer was in Kentucky, where she was over a unit of African American women assigned to clean floors and latrines in the Camp Breckinridge hospital. After that, she began lobbying for better work assignments for the women she commanded. She and Myrtle Anderson were the first African American women Army officers stationed in Kentucky. Jones' maternal grandparents had been slaves in Kentucky, and her mother, a well known community leader, was born in Monticello, KY; her name was Margaret E. Sallee Barnes. Margaret E. B. Jones, born in Oberlin, OH, was a graduate of Howard University. Her brother-in-law, Sam Jones, was athletic director at the school; he was also one of the first African American officers commissioned in the Navy. For more see C. Levy, "Maj. Margaret E. B. Jones Dies," Washington Post, 04/25/2000, Metro section, p. B7; The New York Times, 04/27/2000, late ed. Final, p. B13; To Serve My Country, To Serve My Race, by B. L. Moore; and "6 WACs Resign: WAC Clerks Decline to Scrub Floors," Philadelphia Afro-American, July 10, 1943, p. 1. For more about Camp Breckinridge, see the Camp Breckinridge entry in the Kentucky Encyclopedia [available on UK Campus and off campus via the proxy server], and History of Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky, by P. Heady. See also the entry about the WACs Protest at Camp Breckinridge, KY.

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NKAA Entry: Anderson, Myrtle E.
NKAA Entry: Barnes, Margaret Elizabeth Sallee
NKAA Entry: WACs' Protest at Camp Breckinridge, KY
NKAA Source: The Washington post (newspaper)
NKAA Source: The New York times (newspaper)
NKAA Source: To serve my country, to serve my race (book)
NKAA Source: Philadelphia Afro-American (newspaper)
NKAA Source: History of Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky

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NKAA Entry:  Barnes, Margaret Elizabeth Sallee
NKAA Entry:  Anderson, Myrtle E.
NKAA Entry:  WACs' Protest at Camp Breckinridge, KY
NKAA Entry:  Duncan, Lillian W.
NKAA Entry:  Haskin, Vera A. Harrison

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