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Jones, Henry Wise, Sr.

(born: 1873  -  died: 1954) 

Rev. Henry Wise Jones, born in Knoxville, TN, was co-founder of Simmons Bible College in Louisville, KY. He also served as pastor of the Green Street Baptist Church in Louisville and the Pleasant Green Baptist Church in Lexington, KY.

Rev. Jones was a marble polisher who became an ordained minister on September 4, 1892. He had attended Knoxville College and State University [Simmons College] in Louisville.

In 2007, Rev. Jones was inducted into the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Hall of Fame. He was an advocate for African Americans' voting and educational rights.

Rev. Jones was the father of Rev. William A. Jones, Sr. and the grandfather of Rev. William A. Jones, Jr. and Louis Clayton Jones.

For more see Rev. Henry Wise Jones in the 2007 Hall of Fame at the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights' website; "Rev. Henry Wise Jones" on pp. 238-239 in Golden Jubilee of the General Association of Colored Baptists in Kentucky; Amos N. Jones, Historical Abstract of the Henry Wise Jones Family, Campbell University School of Law, 2007; and "Rev. Henry Jones at the Friends of Eastern Cemetery website.

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