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People/Characters: Grace Morris Allen Jones

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Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad by Betty DeRamus

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Grace Morris Allen was a granddaughter of Charlotta and Harry Pyles.    Educated, she worked at a number of schools.   She founded a school in Burlington Iowa, originally for black children that was so successful that it attracted white students.   Widowed, she met Laurence Jones, a black man attending the University of Iowa.   They corresponded for a number of years.   Eventually, Jones realized his dream of founding a school for the poor in Mississippi, Piney Woods, and Grace married him and worked there as a teacher.   The school survives to this day, with most students being on scholarship.

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