Surry County group holds golf tournament to raise funds for historic school

FRANKLINVILLE PARK JUST DOWN THE ROAD. NEW TONIGHT, A SURREY COUNTY GROUP IS HOLDING A GOLF TOURNAMENT NEXT MONDAY TO RAISE FUNDS FOR A HISTORIC MOUNT AIRY SCHOOL. WPXI 12, KARA PETERS JOINS US LIVE IN STUDIO WITH THE DETAILS AND HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE. KARA? YEAH, CHRISTINE, THIS IS THE SIXTH GOLF TOURNAMENT FOR THE JONES SCHOOL PROJECT. JJ JONES HIGH SCHOOL OPERATED FROM 1936 TO 1966 AS THE ONLY SCHOOL FOR BLACK STUDENTS AT THAT TIME, THE AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGY SOCIETY ACQUIRED THAT BUILDING BACK IN JULY OF 2022, AND NOW A YEAR LATER, THEIR HOPING TO RAISE FUNDS TO KEEP THE HISTORY ALIVE. THE BUILDING NOW OPERATES THE JONES FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER. IT’S COMMITTED TO PROMOTING BUSINESSES AND BUILDING A CULTURAL HERITAGE CENTER. ADRIAN BELL, WHO SERVES AS VICE PRESIDENT OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, SAYS THE TOURNAMENTS GOAL IS TO RAISE FUNDS TO MAINTAIN THE BUILDING, BUT ALSO CONTINUE CREATING PROJECTS TO KEEP THE SCHOOL RUNNING AND COMMUNITY INVOLVED. THE GOLF TOURNAMENT IS PARAMOUNT TO WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO DO HERE IN SURRY COUNTY WITH THE SCHOOL. IT IS OUR LARGEST FUNDRAISER. I HEAR EVERY DAY FROM PEOPLE WHO WENT TO THE SCHOOL FROM 1936 AND 1966. OF COURSE, IT WAS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN SCHOOL, BUT THEN FROM 68, 68 TO 94, IT WAS AN INTEGRATED SCHOOL. AND SO A LOT OF KIDS, BLACK AND WHITE, WENT TO THIS SCHOOL AND A LOT OF THEM. TELL ME ABOUT HOW MUCH FUN THEY HAD AT THE SCHOOL AND HOW MUCH THE TEACHERS REALLY LOVED THEM AND CARE FOR THEM. AND SO IT WAS A FAMILY AFFAIR HERE AT THE SCHOOL. AND THE TOURNAMENT WILL BEGIN AGAIN ON MONDAY, JULY 10TH AT CROSS CREEK COUNTRY CLUB IN MOUNT AIRY WITH REGISTRATION BEGINNING AT 7 A.M. THE JONES FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER IS ALSO LOOKING FOR NEW TENANTS. SO IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE, JUST HEAD TO OUR WEBSIT

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Surry County group holds golf tournament to raise funds for historic school

The tournament will go toward raising funds for JJ Jones High School, operating from 1936 to 1966 as the only school for Black students at that time

The African-American Historical and Genealogical Society is holding a golf tournament Monday, July 10, to raise funds for a historic Mt. Airy school. This is the 6th golf tournament for the Jones school project. JJ Jones High School operated from 1936 to 1966 as the only school for Black students at that time. The African-American Historical and Genealogical society, or AAHGS, acquired the building back in July 2022, and now a year later, they’re hoping to raise funds to keep the history alive.The building now operates the L.H Jones Family Resource Center, committed to promoting businesses and building a cultural heritage center.Adreann Belle, vice president of the African-American Historical and Genealogical Society, says the tournament’s goal is to raise funds to maintain the building, but continue creating projects to keep the school running and community involved.”The golf tournament is paramount to what we’re trying to do here in Surry County with the school. It is our largest fundraiser,” Belle said. “I hear every day from people who went to this school from 1936 to 1966. Of course, it was an African-American school, but then from ’68 to ’94, it was an integrated school. And so a lot of kids, Black and white, went to this school and lot of them tell me how much fun they had in the school. And how much the teachers really loved and cared for them, and so it was a family affair here at this school.”The tournament will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 10, at Cross Creek Country Club in Mount Airy. Registration begins at 7 a.m. The L.H Jones Family Resource Center is also looking for new tenants! If you are interested in learning more, click here.

The African-American Historical and Genealogical Society is holding a golf tournament Monday, July 10, to raise funds for a historic Mt. Airy school.

This is the 6th golf tournament for the Jones school project. JJ Jones High School operated from 1936 to 1966 as the only school for Black students at that time.

The African-American Historical and Genealogical society, or AAHGS, acquired the building back in July 2022, and now a year later, they’re hoping to raise funds to keep the history alive.

The building now operates the L.H Jones Family Resource Center, committed to promoting businesses and building a cultural heritage center.

Adreann Belle, vice president of the African-American Historical and Genealogical Society, says the tournament’s goal is to raise funds to maintain the building, but continue creating projects to keep the school running and community involved.

“The golf tournament is paramount to what we’re trying to do here in Surry County with the school. It is our largest fundraiser,” Belle said.

“I hear every day from people who went to this school from 1936 to 1966. Of course, it was an African-American school, but then from ’68 to ’94, it was an integrated school. And so a lot of kids, Black and white, went to this school and lot of them tell me how much fun they had in the school. And how much the teachers really loved and cared for them, and so it was a family affair here at this school.”

The tournament will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 10, at Cross Creek Country Club in Mount Airy. Registration begins at 7 a.m.

The L.H Jones Family Resource Center is also looking for new tenants! If you are interested in learning more, click here.

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