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
Image credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwest_Ordinance

Slavery in Illinois

The Black Codes of Illinois

John and Mary Jones “Certificates of Freedom” (“Free Papers”). Image Credit: https://interactive.wttw.com/dusable-to-obama/early-chicago-slavery-illinois

John Jones

John Jones, circa 1865. Image Credit:https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/jones-john-1817-1879/

Mary Richardson Jones

Mary Richardson Jones, circa 1860. Image Credit: https://interactive.wttw.com
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 —thenorthstar.com/articles/a-legacy-of-abolition-and-love-in-the-work-of-a-washington-dc-organizer ).

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