Dr. Moses Jones, who grew up in Perry County, will be the guest speaker at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Sawyerville for its annual Black History Program. This year’s theme is “Black Health and Wellness.”
The program will be held at the church this Sunday, Feb. 27, at 11:00 a.m.
Dr. Jones was born in Greensboro and grew up in Uniontown and graduated from high school there. He was the first black graduate of what was then Uniontown High School. From there, he enrolled in the University of Alabama and became the first black graduate of the University to enter and graduate from medical school (UAB). Post medical school training was at the Mayo Clinic, NYU-Bellevue Hospital and Kansas University Medical Center.
He practiced neurosurgery in Tuscaloosa, AL from 1979-2001. First black neurosurgeon to practice in Alabama and one of the first 50 in the world. While in Tuscaloosa, he served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Stillman College, a member of the President’s Cabinet of the University of Alabama, appointed to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, served on the Southern Regional Education Board Commission on Health and Human Services and Board of Directors of DCH. After leaving Alabama, he has practiced in several locations and states including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, Mississippi, as well as North and South Dakota.
He has held positions as Medical Director of Neurosurgery at McLaren Lapeer Region Medical Center in Lapeer, MI and Chief of Neurosurgery at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, MS. Presently, practicing as a hospital-based neurosurgeon at Essentia Health in Fargo, ND.