Leslie A. Jones Interview, 06 June 2013

Les Jones relates how he obtained a home in the community he had always dreamed about. As a child growing up in the Glenville neighborhood, Jones liked to ride his bike to Cleveland Heights, describing it as "going on a vacation" because it was like a different world to him. He rode his bike past the Forest Hill area and thought the houses were enchanting. He drew a picture of the houses at school and received an "A" on the drawing. Once he settled down and his children grew up, he purchased a home in the Forest Hill neighborhood. He told the previous owner about his childhood dream/art project, and the homeowner held off any other bids because he wanted to make sure the home would be purchased by someone who would appreciate it. Jones is a member of Heights Community Congress and is in charge of the Home & Garden tour. He is very passionate about architecture and keeping the community beautiful and appreciated. He speaks highly of community service and was always taught tolerance by his parents. He also shares that during the Glenville riots, he worked in a grocery store and had to arrive at a very early hour. The National Guard ended up taking him to work because they were strictly watching the neighborhood.

Participants: Jones, Leslie A. (interviewee) / Talylor, Katherine (interviewer)
Collection: Racial Integration in the Heights
Institutional Repository: Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection

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Racial Integration in the Heights

Interviews in this series were collected by undergraduate students at Cleveland State University under the supervision of Dr. Mark Souther, with funding from the Office of the Provost. The series contains interviews with pioneers of suburban residential integration and social activists who supported peaceful managed integration/desegregation and fair housing in Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights in the 1950s to 1970s.