Photograph of Harold Benson Jones


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Photograph of Harold Benson Jones from the collections of the Worthington Historical Society (WHS) may be used for educational purposes as long as it is not altered in any way and proper credit is given: "Courtesy of the Worthington Historical Society, Worthington, OH." Prior written permission of the WHS is required for any other use of Photograph of Harold Benson Jones. Contact WHS at to request permission.

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Photograph of Harold Benson Jones is a picture, with genre photograph and portraits. Its dimensions are 8 in. x 10 in..

It was created around 1960-1999.

Worthington Historical Society is the Contributor.

This photograph of Harold Benson Jones (1919-1999) was part of a photo album assembled by Kenneth Storer (1926-2018). The image was with a collection of undated photographs from various Worthington High School reunions. Jones was a member of the class of 1940.

Harold Jones moved to Worthington when he was in the sixth grade and graduated from Worthington High School in 1940. According to an April 5th, 1989 "Worthington News" article, he attended Florida A&M University on a football scholarship where he majored in music. At the start of World War II, Harold was employed by the Jeffrey Manufacturing Co. making war supplies after a football injury kept him out of active service. He married Juanita Reynolds, with whom he had five children, and studied voice at Capital University. In the early 1960s, he studied at OSU, majoring in social work and minoring in music. There he was a member of the OSU Symphonic Choir. In 1973, Jones was ordained a local elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and in 1989 was associate pastor at St. John A.M.E. Church in Worthington.

Mr. Jones was known as the soloist for the Memorial Day services at Walnut Grove Cemetery. He retired from employment with the Worthington School District in 1985 after 26 years of service at Wilson Hill Elementary School. From many reports, Harold Jones was not only head custodian, but a counselor and best friend to hundreds of Worthington students.

He also served throughout the years on a number of community organizations, boards and commissions including the Worthington Alliance of Black Parents, the North Area Mental Health Board, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, the Worthington Pastors' Association and the Worthington Community Coordinating Board. He was a founding member of the Worthington Human Relations Commission.

It covers the topics African Americans and reunions.

It features the person Harold Benson Jones, 1919-1999.

It covers the city Worthington.

You can find the original at Worthington Historical Society.

This file was reformatted digital in the format video/jpeg.

The Worthington Historical Society identification code is 2018.022.10.

The Worthington Memory identification code is whs1215.

This metadata record was human prepared by Worthington Libraries on February 5, 2021. It was last updated February 11, 2021.