Yesterday: Dr. L.C. Jones on deck of USS Susquehanna in World War I

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 26, 2015

Local historian Reginald Brown brought in this February 1918 photograph, courtesy of the L.C. Jones family of Salisbury. The man on the left is Mess Attendant First Class Lee Clarence Jones on the deck of the USS Susquehanna during World War I. Dr. L.C. Jones became a well-known dentist in Salisbury after the war, and Brown was one of his patients as a youngster. Jones’ son, C.M., also was a dentist in Salisbury. The Rowan Museum is updating its World War I exhibit with displays of contributions to the war effort made by black soldiers. The revised exhibit is in need of names, in addition to the ones listed below, and photographs featuring African-American soldiers who lived in Rowan County for at least 10 years. In his work for the museum, Brown is looking for information and/or photographs and memorabilia of George Adams, James E. Adams, Isaiah Allen, Thomas Avroy, Sandy Barber, Savanna Barnes, Charlie Bates, Council Bates, Hubbard Blair, Joseph Bonds, Ed Brandon, Henry E. Brown, Roy H. Brown, Renaldo Bush, Willie Carr, Chauncey A. Carson, Neely Correll, Nelson Correll, Sam Cosby, Simon Crosby, Charlie Cowan, James H. Cowan, Will Crosby, Albert Eady, Stacey Ellis, Louis Giest, William Harris, Carl Hawkins, James Irby, George Jackson, Paul Jolly, Lee Clarence Jones, Floyd Kerr, John Shepherd Leazer, Tonsil Alexander Litaker, Archie Lyerly, Clarence McKnight, Clether McKnight, John Mills ,Henry Mitchel, John Neal , Robert Neely, Jessie Thomas Ormond, Hugh A. Parker, Gabe Parks, Amos Peak, Arthur Perkins, Jack Poe, Clarence Robinson, Richard Sloan, Paul Sturtevant, Theodore Thirdgill, Victor J. Tulane, Eddie Underwood, Dan White, Richard White and Floyd B. Wilkins. ‘The opportunity to borrow memorabilia and photographs for display will be greatly appreciated,’ Brown said. Contact the museum by phone at 704-633-5946, or by e-mail at if you wish to loan items.