ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Albany native and centerpiece of an iconic civil rights photo, Mimi Jones, died last Sunday in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
Jones was most known for participating in a “swim-in” at the Monson Motor Lodge Hotel in St. Augustine on June 18, 1964. Several other protestors from Albany were also there.
During the swim in, the hotel manager was pictured pouring acid into a swimming pool full of protesters. The images shocked the country and played a role in leading to change.
Jones was only 17-years-old at the time.
While in Albany, Jones walked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and she was also one of the six girls to integrate Albany High School in 1965, then going by the name Mamie Nell Ford.
Filmmaker Clennon King, who made a documentary in 2017 about the Civil Rights Movement in St. Augustine called “Passage at St. Augustine,” shared the news of Jones’s passing on Sunday.
Jones’ Georgia viewing will be on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at Fields Funeral Homes in Sylvester. It is located at 507 West Price Street.
Her graveside service and burial will be on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 11 a.m. It will be held at New St. James Missionary Baptist Church located at 947 Camp Osborne Road in Oakfield.