Fannie C. Williams / Valena C. Jones Elementary School
Pioneer in Public Education
As one of New Orleans' premier educators in the first half of the twentieth century, Fannie C. Williams steered this school through decades of challenge and change. An active civic leader, she was nationally recognized and appointed to three presidential commissions. A tribute to her stature can be seen from the list of guests that appeared at the school during her tenure. They included first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt; Harlem Renaissance writer, James Weldon Johnson; renowned educator, Mary McLeod Bethune; Dr. W. E. B. Dubois; scientist, Dr. George Washington Carver; historian, Dr. Carter G. Woodson; track star, Jesse Owens; and writer and lecturer, Dale Carnegie visited the school as well as many others.
Valena C. Jones School came largely through the efforts of Rev. Alfred Lawless, Beecher Congregational Church and the Seventh Ward Educational League. In 1904, they began a quest for an adequate school for neighborhood children. The group raised funds and purchased lots at the corner of Annette and North Miro Streets to build a school. In 1918, Fannie C. Williams was appointed principal and the Miro Street School was renamed for Valena C. Jones, an educator, editor of the Southwesten Christian Advocate, and wife of
Location. 29° 58.754′ N, 90° 3.809′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker is at the intersection of North Miro Street and Anette Street, on the left when traveling east on North Miro Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1941 North Miro Street, New Orleans LA 70119, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Dufour-Baldwin House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Faubourg Tremé (approx. ¾ mile away); Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas (approx. 0.8 miles away); Annunciation Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); St. Aloysius College (approx. 0.9 miles away); Italian Hall (approx. one mile away); Tomb of the Unknown Slave (approx. one mile away); Carmelite Monastery (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Orleans.
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