Linton Jordan led Jones County’s school system from 1964-92, through the consolidation of the small community schoolhouses into the county system and the integration of schools. The speaker began by stating his appreciation to the community.
“I was fortunate to spend most of my professional life here,” he said.
Jordan said, when talking about history and heritage, it is important to add legacy.
“You want to make sure you leave something behind.”
The former superintendent had a 1918 survey that showed Jones County was ranked third in the state according to wealth, and one-half of its property was considered farmland.
The chief crops were cotton and peaches, with 250,000 crates of peaches shipped annually. The county contained an estimated two million peach trees. The survey listed 5,000 children living in the county but counted only the 2,000 white children as being in school.
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