Author to speak at Person County Public Library


Dr. Melvina Jones will discuss her book, “Roxboro Roots: North Carolina Families Leave Their Imprint on America’s Story” at 6:30 p.m.Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the Person County Public Library, 319 S. Main St., Roxboro. Following the discussion, the author will have copies of the book available for purchase and signing.

This work is an examination of how the author’s family history is interwoven with that of the history of the United States in general and that of North Carolina in particular. Three major 20th century players and historical events are highlighted; the author’s late father, the Rev. Dr. Whalen Samuel Jones, as a young participant of the Great Migration, Sgt. Louis Franklin and World War II in Europe and Gastonia Mayor Thebaud Jeffers and the modern civil rights movement.

Jones, a native of Philadelphia, is professor emerita of European history at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, California. She grew up in Los Angeles and earned her bachelor’s and master’s in history at California State University, Los Angeles. Jones completed her education at the University of California, Santa Barbara, earning her doctorate in history with a specialization in the Second World War in France. She has spent a great deal of time in France teaching and researching in her area of expertise.

For more information, call the library at 336-597-7881 or visit


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