Hall of Fame of Leaders and Legends
On October 18, Dr. Laurence C. Jones and Mrs. Martha Foxx of the Piney Woods School were inducted into the Hall of Fame of Leaders and Legends in the Blindness Field. The induction ceremony was part of the awards banquet of the Annual Meeting of the American Printing House for the Blind. There were about 100 people in attendance, including 25 of Dr. Jones' family and several of Mrs. Foxx's former students. Dr. Jones' grandson, Laurence C. Jones III, accepted the award on his behalf. The Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field is dedicated to preserving, honoring, and promoting the tradition of excellence manifested by the specific individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame and through the history of outstanding services provided to people who are blind or visually impaired. Dr. Jones and Mrs. Foxx are the first two Mississippians and the first two African-Americans inducted into the Hall of Fame. A brief biography of each one is available on the Hall of Fame website: Dr. Jones and Mrs. Foxx.