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Jack Jones's Interview

Jack JonesListen to and explore the curated OHMS index for John "Jack" Jones's interview, created by Anthony Smith in Spring 2016. 

John "Jack" Jones was born 1904 in Philadelphia and grew up in the Germantown neighborhood. His father came from North Carolina and started work at Midvale Steel in Nicetown (North Philadelphia) in 1889. During World War I, as one of the few Black foremen at the plant, his father was able to obtain work for many men recently up from the South. Jack also worked at Midvale in the early 1920s and for a Black grocery store. He retired from the post office. In his interview he reminisces about the entertainment industry in 1920s-30s Philadelphia, recalling concerts with his favorite musicians, including Duke Ellington.