The Feb. 7 event was held at Trish Ann’s Tea Room in Haddock, and this year’s award recipient was Evelyn Simmons.
History & Heritage President Matt Sires was the master of ceremonies for the meeting, and Linton Jordan, one of the icons of Jones County’s history, was the keynote speaker.
Jordan gave a history of education in Jones County and spoke of his experiences leading the school system through consolidation of the smaller schools in outlying communities in the county and desegregation of the system.
Following Jordan’s comments, Simmons was introduced by member Christine Daniels.
She said the Hamilton-Williams award was created by the preservation organization in 2007 as part of Jones County’s Bicentennial celebration as a lasting tribute to two women whose names are entwined in the county’s history.
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