John Craven Jones: first Black teacher in the Province and the only teacher on Salt Spring Island circa 1859 to 1875

John Craven Jones graduated from Oberlin College in 1856 and taught for two years in a one-room school for Black students in Xenia, Ohio. When he moved to Salt Spring Island in 1859, he pre-empted 100 acres for his home; and with the support of the community, he resumed teaching.

There were 2 schools in rough buildings, hardly more than sheds, 1 in Vesuvius and 1 in Fernwood.

In total John had 25 students.  In 1869 when public funding began, Jones’ salary was $40.00 per month.
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