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Jones, John(1816–1879) - Chronology

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1816

Born free in Greene County, North Carolina on November 3

1844

Marries Mary Jane Richardson; files for certificate of freedom

1845

Relocates to Chicago with wife and child; opens tailoring shop

1847

Appeals to Illinois State Constitutional Convention for repeal of Black Laws

1848

Elected delegate to Colored National Convention

1850

Attends black rally at Quinn Chapel; appointed to resolutions committee; helps set up vigilance committee to monitor whites’ actions toward blacks; circulates petition to repeal Illinois Black Laws

1853

Elected a vice president of the Colored National Convention; elected president of first Black Illinois State Convention

1861

Helps to found Olivet Baptist Church

1864

Publishes pamphlet, The Black Laws of Illinois and a Few Reasons Why They Should Be Repealed

1871

Loses some of his wealth in the great Chicago fire; becomes first black elected a Cook County commissioner

1872

Re-elected a commissioner for three-year term

1874

Begins successful fight to dismantle segregated schools

1879

Dies in Chicago on May 21

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