For Black History Month, we will be profiling prominent African Americans who made a significant and historic impact on Kansas City Public Schools. We want to give credit and our gratitude to the Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City and LINC for providing the images and information for this series.
Anna H. Jones graduated from Oberlin College, a private Ohio school that was the first American institution of higher learning to regularly admit black students. She taught at historically black Wilberforce University in Ohio before moving to Kansas City, Missouri, in 1892 to teach at Lincoln High School. She later became the first black woman to serve as a school principal, assuming leadership of Douglass School in 1911. Jones was a
co-founder, with Josephine Silone Yates, of the Kansas City Colored Women’s League, led fundraising for the YWCA, and served as president of the Missouri Association of Colored Women’s Clubs from 1903-06. She retired from Lincoln High School in 1919.