Biographical Data

(from personal interview)

Mrs. Jessie Harris Stokes*

Date of birth --------------December 29, 1895

Mother ------------------- Mary Jane Dickson Harris

Father -------------------- Jesse C. Harris

Grandmother ------------ Margaret Dickson

Grandfather --------------Issac Dickson

Children (of grandparents)----six boys, four girls

Mother (Mary Jane) was one of Asheville's first teachers in the colored schools. (Catholic Hill)

Grandfather (Issac) was born a slave. His master, who was Dutch, was also his father. Issac Dickson was the first black on the first Asheville City School Board in the 1880's.

*Current address (1977):

15 West 107th Street

Apartment 32

New York City 10025