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Willa S. Jones Papers

Finding Aid: Willa S. Jones Papers
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature

Willa S. Jones PapersWilla Saunders Jones was an Arkansas-born playwright, known for writing, producing, and directing the Chicago Passion Play, produced annually from 1926 to 1981. Recognized as a talented vocalist, musician, and orator, Jones was well suited to produce and direct the play. From it’s humble beginnings, performing for small audiences in South Side community churches, the play grew into an annual event recognized by the Mayor of Chicago, and staged at larger venues such as the Civic Opera House.

Selected Artifacts

News clipping featured in the Chicago Defender announcing the 54th production of the Chicago Passion Play, which took place at the Civic Opera House in 1980. Photo taken during a production of the Chicago Passion Play, at Civic Opera House in 1978.

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