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Woman considered 'living history' honored in Rolesville

Posted February 2, 2015

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— Dorothy Jones has witnessed nine decades worth of change.

Desegregated facilities – “We couldn’t go to certain places and eat. Go in the back of the theater. You had to go upstairs.”

Integrated schools – “We didn’t go to school together. I didn’t ever go to an integrated school.”

The civil rights movement – “They were marching. Some were getting killed. Some were disappearing.”

Jones, 90, remembers when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

“I was at the movies. And when we came out somebody was telling us that Dr. King had got killed.”

But on Monday, Jones became a part of Rolesville history when she received the town’s first Mayor's Senior Black Citizen Award.

“There were people in this room, people from all over the United States, that had told me things that Ms. Dorothy had done for them,” Mayor Frank Eagles said.

Jones was honored for her countless hours of volunteer work, helping care for children in her church, cleaning houses throughout the city, and being a mentor and open door for those in need.

Monday’s honor followed a proclamation recognizing Black History Month in Rolesville.

For Jones, she does her work for a simple reason.

“Because I love to do it,” she said. “I love people.”


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  • imback Feb 3, 2015

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    Whites have their own months? Who knew. Just the usual dribble from you.

  • Phil Larson Feb 3, 2015
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    March through January chuckles. Didn't you take history classes in NC when you were growing up, all about white folks. I didn't know about the Tuskegee pilots until I was an adult. You know who I learned about, George Washington Carver, a great African American but certainly not the only one.

  • Phil Larson Feb 3, 2015
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    No, because of her contributions to her community. Why you got to be hatin' on a little old lady? Low class dude, real low class.

  • pork rinds and jelly donuts Feb 3, 2015

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    Really? What month(s) exactly are Caucasian history month(s)?

    What organizations are strictly Caucasian in name and membership?

    There are also buildings, statues, monuments, cities and towns named after slave owners that helped to forge this country. Should all those be renamed and/or torn down? Hell why don't we just rewrite history entirely to pacify the fragile ego of people that can't let go of the past?

  • Jack Miller Feb 3, 2015
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    Annie - Did you even READ the article? Did you see the name of the "award" she received? Many of our points are that the pendulum was swung in the opposite direction to an extreme. Where MLK called for equality has now become the essence of inequality through identifying an award based on race. I ask you this. Would it be OK to have such strictly for caucasians?

  • Wolfpack Granny Feb 3, 2015
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    Thank you, WRAL for posting this article. We need a lot more people like her in this world.

    People, this was a nice article about a lady doing good in her neighborhood...why do some of you have to make it a race thing??? I am wondering why we can't be more like our kids and grandkids??? These young kids just starting to preschool and kindergarten...they don't see color...they see friends. It is only from us that they learn color. We have a lot to learn from our kids.

    Again, thanks, WRAL, for a good human-interest story. I suspect that we could learn a few things from her.

  • pork rinds and jelly donuts Feb 3, 2015

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    Such as reporting on a senior citizen, not because of her age, but because of her race.

  • MudLife Feb 3, 2015

    LOVE y'all's comments RobMartin an Pork rinds and jelly donuts!! When will the whites have a month? When will the whites have our organizations? The whites need to stand up for our race!

  • T-ONE Feb 3, 2015

    What a lovely lady...she's endured a lot and still have all that love in her heart. Bless her soul. We need more caring people in the world.

  • Whatev333 Feb 3, 2015

    So much butthurt in one comment section is indicative of how far we still have to go to being a civilized society.