Photo Courtesy of Mercer University
Celebrating the legacy of
Dr. Bobby Jones
Dr. Jones was an educator and community leader in the city of Macon. A parishioner of St. Peter Claver and graduate of Ballard Normal School , he is a true son of Pleasant Hill. He was a Graduate of Morehouse College and Columbia University. His most famous phrase, "Be a bridge builder" was reflected in his life and work.
He served as the first Black principal at Willingham High School (now Southwest HS) and became the first Black tenured professor at Mercer University. He served in many board roles including as the first board chair of the Tubman African American Museum.
We're transitioning a vacant property and celebrating the legacy of this space using arts and culture.
We're building community and creating a new legacy to enhance neighborhood stability.
We're creating a gathering space for people to live, love, and learn about Pleasant Hill.
Follow us as we reimagine a "blighted" historical building and develop it into a revenue generating neighborhood asset, Jones Cafe. Our core mission is to connect people to the legacy of Pleasant Hill by preserving history and culture, building community, and integrating coffee culture.
Jones Cafe honors the former Bobby Jones Performing Arts Center, an institution named for educator and first tenured African American professor at Mercer University, Dr. Bobby Jones. The Center was located in a former church, the First Congregational Church, built in 1918.
CULTURE. COMMUNITY. CONNECTION.