Senate OKs renaming Piney Woods post office for founder

Published 3:29 am Sunday, October 21, 2007

The U.S. Senate on Friday gave final approval to legislation renaming of the post office at the Piney Woods School in honor of its founder Laurence C. Jones and his wife.

Piney Woods School is the original of four remaining historically black boarding schools in the United States. The Piney Woods School is planning a centennial anniversary celebration on Nov. 3.

The legislation had passed the House earlier. With Senate approval, it now goes to President Bush. It renames the facility as the Laurence C. and Grace M. Jones Post Office Building, said U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Trent Lott, both R-Miss.

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“The Piney Woods School has long been a source of pride for Mississippians,” Cochran said in a statement. “Its legacy of providing quality academic, civic, and spiritual education to young people is a model for others.”

Lott said: “Piney Woods School has been a significant part of Mississippi’s history, and our state is a better place today thanks to the work of these two pioneering educators.”