Texarkana, U.S.A. – Friday, December 17, 1948
New Negro School Will Be Named For Theron Jones
The new Negro elementary school to be constructed near Stevens Courts has been named the Theron Jones elementary school, Superintendent H. W. Stilwell announced Thursday.
The school was named after a group of 27 Negro residents in the Stevens courts area, the Dunbar Parent-Teacher Association, and the Dunbar school faculty requested that it be named for the Negro educator.
Contract for construction of the school will be let early in January and efforts will be made to complete it by the time school opens next September.
Jones came to Texarkana in 1916 as principal of the old Dunbar elementary school. In 1919 he left Dunbar and went to Sunset as principal, serving there until 1927 when he became principal of Dunbar. He served as principal there until his death in October, 1935.
Before coming to Texarkana, he was principal of a Negro school at Hempstead, Texas. He was graduated from a Houston high school in 1912, Prairie View State School for Negroes in 1914, and the law department of Lincoln University in 1918.
Jones was an outstanding Negro leader in Texarkana and was highly regarded by both white and Negro residents.
His wife, Emma Richardson Jones, is still teaching at Dunbar. She is the daughter of the late Alex Richardson, Negro undertaker.