[N.p., likely Braxton, Ms. 1952]. 24pp. Profusely illustrated. Quarto. Original pictorial wrappers printed in green, brown, and red. Considerable insect damage to covers and bottom edges of text block, costing some text on the covers and some words at the bottom corner of a few leaves. Moderate soiling, rubbing, creasing, and spotting. Fair. Item #3686
A scarce and wonderfully-informative history of the first forty years of the Piney Woods Country Life School, Laurence C. Jones's school for African American youth in Braxton, Mississippi. The work is amply illustrated with photographs documenting the life and people of the school since its inception in 1910 to the moment of the pamphlet's publication. There are pages devoted to celebrating notable graduates of the school, the "blind and the lame orphans and half-orphans" who've attended, "internationally known visitors," "present-day buildings," five pages displaying the "industry" of the school, the dairy and farm, the "human and material progress" of the school, and more. A somewhat wounded example of this rare work, but important nonetheless. OCLC reports just ten total copies of this vital midcentury history of a notable southern school devoted to African-American youth.