Mary J. Jones, c. 1865.
(Courtesy of the Special Collections, Tulane University Library)
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other members of the planter class, Mary J. Jones (1808-1869) found her
life transformed during and after the Civil War. Although the Jones family
prided themselves on their paternalistic regard for over 100 slaves, emancipation
irrevocably altered relations between whites and blacks on the Jones plantations.
Born to a
planter family in Liberty County, Georgia, Jones was educated at local
women's academies. In 1830, she married her first cousin, Dr. Charles
Colcock Jones, a Presbyterian clergyman who devoted much of his life to
the religious education of African-Americans.