Move Over Michelle and Barack…Here’s America’s FIRST Black ‘Power Couple’

And, just like the Obamas, they were from Chicago

John and Mary Jones, circa 1865 — Chicago Historical Society
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Slavery in Illinois

The Black Codes of Illinois

John and Mary Jones “Certificates of Freedom” (“Free Papers”). Image Credit:

John Jones

John Jones, circa 1865. Image Credit:

Mary Richardson Jones

Mary Richardson Jones, circa 1860. Image Credit:
Dr. Bruce Purnell at his Love More Movement Office in Washington, D.C., holding a portrait of his (clockwise from top) great grandmother, Theodora Purnell; his great great great grandmother, Mary Jones; and his grandfather Lee Purnell ( Image Credit: M Ranganathan — ).

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