State Historical Marker

Politics and sports have always mingled on the state and national stage. Perhaps never more so than on December 10, 1955 when the JCJC president, J.B. Young,  made the bold decision that the college’s all white football team would honor their commitment and participate in the 1955 Junior Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California against an integrated team. A controversial issue,  the decision to play is heralded as a catalyst toward change in existing attitudes and policies that promoted racial barriers.Historical Marker With several of the remaining football team members in attendance during the 2018 homecoming celebration, a historical marker was dedicated in the rose garden of Jones campus, in recognition of the courageous decision of the institution and  its football team in 1955. The marker was awarded by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.