Mimi Jones

  • Born: May 4, 1947
  • Died: July 26, 2020
  • Location: Roxbury, Massachusetts


Civil rights activist known for St. Augustine "swim-in"

Mimi Jones was a civil rights activist who was the subject of a nationally famous photograph of a "swim-in" in St. Augustine, Florida. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

My deepest condolences to the family. May you find comfort in your treasured memories of Your loved one and May God continue to comfort you in the days, months and years ahead.

Posted by A friend   September 07, 2020

To the Jones Family my heart cries out, “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and gave everlasting comfort and good hope by means of underserved kindness, comfort your hearts and make you firm.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17.

"Injustice often inflames passions, she will be remembered for her Passion." her love for humankind.

Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti NABS (National Association of Black Storytellers) member of Connecticut.

Posted by Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti - East Hartford, CT - neighbor   August 24, 2020

As a 7 year old in 1964, I was not yet aware of the Civil Rights movement. I was, however, becoming very aware of the Vietnam War..... the dishonesty and hateful divisions among the American people, and what a horrible immediate future awaited me, in our immediate family. I was a little girl growing up, in a big world full of anger, hurt and hate - carefully observing the state of human relationships among Americans. It didn't look good.
Greater awareness came in high school. And then, college. And then, in my worklife, until retirement, just last year. This gifted me with the ability and time - to write forever.
So, to Mimi, about whose long life of love and service I learned today, God bless you in your legacy of meeting hate with acts of love - and an ever stronger solid resilience for overcoming your personal enemies. The haters still exist to this day. The living will remember your sacrifice and terror - and forever fight for you to live freely - the good fight - for all who live here, in America - no matter their color. May God guide me to those who respect Him, and are like-minded. My God bless you forever in heaven - and give you peace. Amen.

Posted by Debra Lyndon Schmidt - Sierra Vista, AZ - friend   August 12, 2020

Mimi u were an icon. May u rest n Peace

Posted by Karen Cowley - Sugar Land, TX - friend   August 11, 2020


Posted by Alishia - SC   August 11, 2020

Mimi was a powerful woman and a most dynamic spirit. Her genuine love of people and her ability to open her heart and pull you in brought peace and comfort to all who knew her. We shed tears because we will miss her and miss how she made us feel - loved and accepted.

Posted by Dr Lloyd Sheldon Johnson - Friend   August 06, 2020

So sorry for your lost and God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's...My heartfelt condolences to the family's

Posted by A friend   August 06, 2020

Posted by A friend   August 05, 2020

Ms. Mimi Jones has always been a beacon of light and hope in our Roxbury community! She has been a stalwart supporter of the arts and performance community. May her legacy live on and may she rest in power.
Respectfully submitted,
Paul White, Jr.

Posted by Paul White - Roxbury, MA - friend   August 05, 2020

To Mimi’s Family - when I met Mimi through Queen Mother Frances Pierce- I had not met anyone so genuinely warm and kind-hearted in my life. We just connected, though we were strangers at first. I always looked forward to seeing Mimi at Queen Mother’s gatherings, where we would catch-up and exchange a hug! I will always remember the warmth of her spirit!! Please accept my condolences.

Rev. A. Iona Smith Nze

Posted by Rev. A. Iona Smith Nze - Bridgeport, CT - friend   August 03, 2020

Mimi will be missed at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Dorchester. She gave everything she had in this life. May she now enjoy her eternal reward.
The Cuff Family

Posted by Michelle Cuff - Medway, MA - friend   August 03, 2020

Johnny. Sending prayers and love to you. Take care of yourself. Betty Brown Lewis

Posted by Betty (Brown) Lewis - Baltimore, MD   August 02, 2020

We will be forever grateful for your love and contribution to the Roxbury Library, you partner with us and elevated the bar for us to serve well the community. Your partnership and guidance was my light in my work at the library. It was an honor to have worked with you. Rest in power! May God shower your family with many blessings and love

Posted by Evelyn Arana - Boston, MA - coworker   August 01, 2020

Don't know her but read up on her and Rip

Posted by Joan Huck - FL - coworker   August 01, 2020

Posted by MMW - Friend   July 31, 2020

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by A friend   July 31, 2020

Posted by Linda F. - Friend   July 31, 2020

Posted by Lee    July 31, 2020

Many thanks to Mimi Jones, a true advocate for so many. My condolences to the Jones family, truly sorry for your loss.

Posted by A friend   July 31, 2020

Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mimi Jones. So courageous. She is resting in Gods memory.

Posted by JE Sowell - Charlotte, NC   July 30, 2020

In loving memory of a wonderful person. Thank you for contributing to the cause, and fighting for the many of us who couldn't fight for ourselves. May you rest in eternal peace.

Posted by Sandra Farrell - Boston, MA   July 30, 2020


Posted by Scott Chamberland - Saint Agatha, ME   July 30, 2020

i first seen this picture about 5 years ago in the museum i work in during black history month in tallahassee,fl. i was impress by her action

Posted by leon robinson - tallahassee, FL   July 30, 2020

May the words at Isaiah 61:1,2 prove to be comforting to you. God will bind up the broken hearted... and comfort all who mourn.

Posted by A friend   July 30, 2020

What an accomplishment she made in life. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort her family during this extremely difficult time.

Posted by A friend   July 30, 2020

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by leon robinson - Friend   July 30, 2020

Mimi was a true champion at all levels. She was an outstanding leader, mentor, activist/organizer and advocate for justice and equality for her beloved community. She was a true "sister" in the struggle to me and I feel a deep sense of loss that cannot be replaced. I know I speak also for those of the Boston Pan African Forum (BPAF) an organization to which she was sincerely dedicated since its founding. Be at peace, Mimi. Your life legacy is truly a great beacon of light to guide the actions to all of us who continue in the tradition of activism that you so powerfully inspired.

Posted by Joyce Hope Scott - Newton, MA - friend   July 29, 2020

Thank you Mimi Jones for shared discussion, reflection and laughter.

Posted by Lynette Jones-Carradine - NYC & Boston, MA - acquaintance   July 29, 2020

May you Rest In Peace Mimi a job well done♥

Posted by Gail Shaw-Hawkins - Burbank, CA - teacher   July 29, 2020

Wow my respectful condolences.

Posted by A friend   July 29, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the Jones family. What a courageous and strong lady you have fought a fine fight and the memories are there for us to reflect on.May our Grand Creator comfort and strengthen the family in this painful and difficult time

Posted by FB - FL   July 29, 2020

I had the pleasure to meet and work with Mimi for a short time years ago. I did not know anything about her heroic actions during the civil rights movement and what a fighter she was. I wish I had known. Nevertheless, her outstanding nature shone through her eyes and smile. Mimi was unforgettable and will have a place in my heart for as long as I live for all she did on behalf of humanity. Thank you, Mimi.

Posted by yvonne lalyre - Coworker   July 29, 2020

Rest in Peace my dear friend.

Posted by Irene Kelley - Waltham, MA - coworker   July 29, 2020

So very sorry for your loss. I’m sending prayers and condolences to you and your family and friends.

Posted by A friend   July 29, 2020

My condolences to the family. May the peace of God comfort you during this most difficult time.

Posted by A friend   July 29, 2020

Many prayers for the Jones family, so very sorry for your loss. So many appreciated the hard work of Mimi, she will be missed.

Posted by A friend   July 29, 2020

May the memories carry you through this very difficult time.My condolences to the family. May God fulfill his promise of binding up the brokenhearted. (Isa 61:1.)

Posted by Jan Deer    July 29, 2020

It will always be a precious memory when Mimi walked me down the beach in St. Augustine and we finally touched the water--something she had been unable to do half a century before. Farewell, old friend. Thanks for having the courage when it was needed, and for telling the story, in person and on film, of "the splash heard round the world." Rest in Peace.

Posted by David Nolan - St. Augustine, FL - friend   July 28, 2020

So sorry to hear of the passing of Mimi. With deepest sympathy to her family.

Posted by Mildred Jones - Boston, MA - friend   July 28, 2020

Deepest condolences to the family. Thank you for your unwavering fight for equal rights.

Rhonda, MD

Posted by A friend   July 28, 2020

Someone special, someone caring - thank you for having been Mimi Jones for as long as you were here for us.

Posted by Beautify York - Niagara Falls, NY - acquaintance   July 28, 2020

That photograph will always speak volumes to the world. I think about the words in Joshua 1:9, which says 'Be courageous.' when I remember Mimi Jones. May the family find solace in her legacy in life as a brave soul.

Posted by The Barbours    July 28, 2020

Rest in peace, dear lady.

Posted by Gary L Butterfield    July 28, 2020

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