From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Jones, Benjamin Franklin, Sr.

(born: 1859  -  died: 1939) 

Benjamin F. Jones, Sr., a physician, was a former slave born in Sussex County, Virginia. He was a graduate of Normal and Agriculture Institute [now Hampton University] and completed his M.D. in 1890 at Howard University Medical College. Jones moved to Kentucky where he practiced medicine in Paris and Danville. He was named the physician for the Colored children at the Danville Deaf and Dumb Institute in 1898. Benjamin Jones was the husband of Matilda W. Jones (b. 1864 in Virginia), with whom he had five children, all born in Kentucky. The family lived on East Walnut Street in Danville, according to the 1910, 1920, and 1930 U.S. Federal Census. Dr. Benjamin Franklin Jones, Sr. died in Danville, KY on March 22, 1939 and was buried in Hilldale Cemetery [see Find A Grave].  For more see the Benjamin Franklin Jones entry in A Historical, Biographical and Statistical Souvenir, by Howard University Medical Department [available full-text at Google Book Search].

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NKAA Entry: Early Schools for Negro Deaf and Blind Children
NKAA Source: Howard University Medical Department, Washington, D.C.; a historical biographical and statistical souvenir

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