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The Piney Woods School is profoundly saddened and deeply shaken by the loss of Helen Jones Woods, daughter of our founder, Laurence Clifton Jones, and mother of media legend Cathy Hughes, who launched Urban One, the largest African-American owned and operated broadcast company in the nation.

To honor her life and legacy, in lieu of flowers and card, it was Helen's wish that others would make a contribution to The Piney Woods School. On behalf of Helen Jones Woods and her entire family, we respectfully request and deeply appreciate your support.


Helen Jones Woods News Articles 

Helen Jones Woods, Member of an All-Female Jazz Group, Dies at 96, The New York Times, August 4, 2020

Helen Jones Woods, Groundbreaking Female Trombonist, Has Died From COVID-19, NPR, August 5, 2020

Piney Woods School remembers pioneering jazz musician Helen Jones Woods, The Clarion Ledger, August 4, 20220


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August 3, 2020 - Life and Legacy of Helen Jones Woods

August 4, 2020 - Women of Greatness Series

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August 5, 2020 - Sweethearts of Rhythm

August 6, 2020 - History of Grace Jones Log Cabin 

August 7, 2020 - Closing Comments