Sunday, November 29, 2015

Honorable Federal Judge Jones, United States District Court, Western District of Washington, Seattle

Federal Judge Jones grew up a block from Garfield High School, attended Seattle University & the University of Washington and served his state as a lawyer, prosecutor, King County and Federal Judge. 

He recounts the myriad ways growing up in the Central Area, Central District neighborhood informed who he became and how he approaches life and work.

Honorable Federal Judge Jones. Photo: Madeline Crowley ©



"In many ways, I look at what’s happening now across the United States. I look back at how we grew up in the ‘60s and ‘70s and it’s almost as if we’re returning back to what we had before… as if that’s the only way to try and make change come about. I’m certainly not advocating violence because I have to deal with individuals that are charged, possibly criminally depending on what they’ve done. At the same time, when you are up against the wall, you feel that there is no hope, you feel that there is no recourse, then you figure we have to do something. That enormous frustration makes people feel they have to do something. And so, I pray to God that we can do something in a way that is positive, that’s energetic, so that it benefits everyone, so that people don’t resort to violence to try and bring about change."





This interview is now available in the book, We Lived Here, published by Chin Music Press: https://chinmusicpress.bigcartel.com/product/we-lived-here-stories-from-seattle-s-central-area



410 22nd Ave. Photo: Madeline Crowley ©




Immaculate School. Photo: Madeline Crowley


Judge Jones father, Quincy Delight Jones Sr., Collection Judge Jones. Rights Reserved



Supreme Court Justices. Tim Sloan. AFP. Getty Images ©


War Protest. Collection Aaron Dixon.

Judge Jones Father, Quincy Delight Jones Sr., Collection Judge Jones..



Collection St. Martin's. Photo: Ted Yearian. Lacey Historical Commission




Richard A. Jones. Professional portrait. Lawyer. Collection:Richard A. Jones


Richard Jones. Rotary Boy's Club Award.
Richard Jones. Seattle Prep Speech Tournament 1963
Richard Jones. Century 21 Reading Club Award. 


Judge Jones' father, Quincy Delight Jones,  Sr.'s  Hat. Collection Richard Jones






Central District PeeWee Football. Collection Judge Jones


Judge Jones' father, Quincy Delight Jones Sr., Negro Baseball League. 
Collection Richard A. Jones


Central District PeeWee Football. Collection Judge Jones     


Seattle University Campus Chapel. Photo Madeline Crowley ©


Judge of the Year. Collection Richard Jones


Washington Journal. Article on Hiring Partner incident.
Collection Richard Jones

Swearing in of Judge Jones. Collection Richard Jones


Judge Jones' Mother, Elvera Jones. Collection Richard Jones


The Jones' siblings and his mother, Elvera Jones, at his swearing in as a Judge. Collection Richard Jones


Judge Jones' father, Quincy Delight Jones Sr., 
Collection Richard Jones



The Jones' siblings and his mother, Elvera Jones, at his swearing in as a Judge. Collection Richard Jones


410 22nd Ave. Photo Madeline Crowley ©



Judge Jones, his wife and sister. Collection Richard Jones
410 22nd Ave. Photo Madeline Crowley ©


Judge Jones before the US Senate. Collection: Richard A. Jones


Judge Jones wearing the purple of the UW. Collection Richard Jones


Red Square. University of Washington. Photo UW Staff 


Judge Jones Congressional Certificate. Collection Judge Jones.

Presidential Appointment. Federal Judge Jones. District Court WA State. Collection Richard Jones

Seattle Times article on Judge Jones and the Ridgeway trial. Collection Judge Jones

Judge Jones with his mother, Elvera Jones. Collection Richard Jones. Collection Richard Jones

Seattle Times Article on Judge Jones and the Ridgeway trial.  Collection  Richard Jones
(Honorable Federal Judge Jones was referred to this project by Mona Lake Jones, Dorothy CordovaCarver Gayton & Anonymous)

Transcription by: Mikayla Medbery, Bea Tan & Madeline Crowley

A special thanks to Mikayla and Bea, both impressively accurate transcribers.



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This project was supported in part by 
4Culture's Heritage Projects program




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I am not a professional photographer nor a trained journalist. At community meetings, it became clear that many of us don’t know each other. We haven’t heard each other’s stories and don't know each other’s circumstances. This is my attempt to give a few people the chance to tell their story, to talk about our community, to say their piece in peace. As such, comments have been disabled. The views and opinions expressed here are those of each narrator and do not necessarily reflect the position of views of the CentralAreaComm.blogspot blog site itself. The CentralAreaComm.blogspot.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any information supplied by narrators of this project. All interviews have been edited and in places condensed.

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