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Laurence C. Jones, left, with J.R. Webster, Rev. Lindsey Jones, Foster Campbell and former slave Ed Taylor stand in front of the cabin that was first used as the Piney Woods Country Life School in Mississippi. Capt. Asa Turner, a veteran of the 8th Iowa Infantry and a school supporter, is seated. Circa 1912. (State Historical Society of Iowa)

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Piney Woods Country Life School founder Laurence Jones with Capt. Asa Turner, an abolitionist and one of the school’s supporters. (State Historical Society of Iowa.)
Piney Woods Country Life School founder Laurence Jones stands in the front row, third from the left, with supporters during the Farmers Institute held at Taylor Hall in 1912. (State Historical Society of Iowa.)
A 1918 Flag Day celebration at the Piney Woods Country Life School near Jackson, Mississippi, where Daughters of the American Revolution officer Dixie Cornell Gebhardt of Knoxville, Iowa, discussed the United States flag. She designed the official Iowa flag the Iowa Legislature adopted in 1917. (State Historical Society of Iowa.)

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