The Jones House is a historic structure located in downtown Boone. Mazie Jones Levenson inherited the house from her father and sold it to the town in 1983 with the stipulation that the house and surrounding green space to only be used as a cultural and community center. The Town of Boone continues to honor this agreement today.
The North Carolina chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) formed in 1966. Since its founding, NOW has worked to eliminate harrassment and discrimination in all sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control, and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism, and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society. In the 1970s and 1980s, NOW would meet reguarly at the Jones House. This group is very active today in the fight for equal rights, though the North Carolina chapter is no longer located in Boone.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who share experience, strength, and hope with each other so they may solve their common problem with alcohol and help others recover from its effects. A chapter for LGBTQ+ folks continues to meet regularly today, but not at the Jones House.
Boone AA. "About AA." Alcoholics Anonymous.
Boone Christ's Church United Records. Appalachian State University Special Collections.
North Carolina NOW. "About." NC NOW.
Outhistory. "Comprehensive Timeline for Watauga County, North Carolina LGBT Life, 1969-2009." LGBTQ Life in Watauga County, North Carolina, 1969-2009.
University Archives Ephemera Collection. Appalachian State University Special Collections.