Jane and John Jones

As interviewed by Adelle R., March 20, 2017
"And that kinda drove home the point that things may be separate but they definitely weren't equal."
Jane and John Jones

Introductory Profile: About Jane and John Jones

The two people I chose to interview were John and Jane Jones. Both work on their ranch in Driftwood and have been married for 49 years. Both of the Joneses grew up in rural east Texas towns and met each other in college at the University of Texas. I have known them since the day I was born, literally, because they are my grandparents -- and are some of the best grandparents anyone could wish for. My grandfather is great with numbers and is very left-brained while my grandmother is a walking dictionary and is more right-brained. This can cause some problems when they try and explain things to each other in virtually different languages. They both grew up in a time where segregation was commonplace and were on the cusp of the Civil Rights Movement. They didn't see a lot of desegregation for themselves until they got to college and had black roommates.

During the interview we covered the different aspects of segregation and they also shared their own stories about it. I think that the most interesting story that my grandmother talked about was when she worked at her stepfather's store and she said “Thank you, sir “ to a black man. Her stepdad said, “We don't call black men sir. Don't do that.” The tone of the interview at first was that they were kind of nervous because they didn't really understand what I wanted them to do. However, by the end of it, my grandmother was thanking me because she hadn't really thought about segregated times since they had happened. I thought it was a very interesting interview because I haven't heard a lot of stories about segregation except for the main ones like Rosa Parks on the bus and Martin Luther King Jr.’s march on Washington. To hear stories from someone that lived in the segregated era was very enlightening and brought a whole new side to the matter about how certain families went about dealing with segregation and all of the racism at the time.