James Earl Jones’s Childhood Home

James Earl Jones’s Childhood Home

In 1931, acclaimed star of stage and screen James Earl Jones was born in Arkabutla in a modest house built by his maternal grandfather. In 1935, the Jones family gave up farming and joined thousands of other African Americans in the Great Migration, moving north to Michigan.

Located on three acres of land on what is now James Earl Jones Road, the house is currently in a severe state of deterioration and will soon be lost.

For more information, contact: Mississippi Heritage Trust.