Mandarin Store and Post Office
Accepting nominations for 2023 award
Agnes Grace Jones, “Miss Aggie” as she was affectionately known, was the daughter of Edith and Walter Jones. She was a resident of Mandarin from 1898 until her death in 1992 at the age of 94. Miss Aggie was an independent, strong-willed, confident woman who possessed a deep sense of community and a charitable heart. Part entrepreneur, part community activist and part social worker, she had the business acumen to run a successful grocery, the organizational skills to become Mandarin’s Postmistress and a reputation for helping her fellow man in time of need. She was the last of her family to live in the Webb/Jones farmhouse which is located in the Walter Jones Historical Park.
“Miss Aggie” Day is celebrated and an award is given annually to a resident who has contributed to the Mandarin community in the areas of business, civic, educational or charitable accomplishment. The candidate’s contributions may be specific deeds or an accumulation of actions over a period of time. Recipients need not be “experts” in any particular area but might be known or recognized for their sense of community, their caring attitude or individual accomplishments.
2022 RECIPIENT: Yvonne Monroe
Yvonne Monroe, daughter of Walter and Estelle Anderson, has served the community her entire life. Following in her grandmother Lena Anderson’s footsteps, she has been very involved with the nonprofit Harriet Beecher Stowe Community Center, serving for many years in many roles, currently as Chairperson. The property of this center on the corner of San Jose Blvd. and Orange Pickers Road was given to Mandarin’s Black community by philanthropist Eartha White in 1938. The center hosted BBQs, parties, dances, contests, special events, a Well Baby Clinic and music lessons over the years and it continues to serve as a gathering place for a variety of community events.
Yvonne also serves on the Lofton Cemetery Association, assisting families during their time of grieving, and is the Comptroller of one of Mandarin’s historic African-American churches, Hopewell Church, formerly First Baptist Church of Mandarin, founded in the late 1800s.
Many recall Yvonne and her family members’ efforts to change the name of the ballpark on Orange Pickers Road to honor her father, Walter Anderson. Mr. Anderson, a highly respected Mandarin resident, donated the park’s land to the county so the Black citizens of Mandarin would have a place to play baseball during the time of segregation. In 2019, the park was renamed Walter Anderson Memorial Park. Yvonne is seen here unveiling the sign for the first public place in Mandarin to be named for one of our Black residents.
Yvonne, a keeper of Mandarin’s Black history, has also been a tremendous help to MMHS during the development of the “Untold Stories of Black Mandarin” exhibit.
Past Miss Aggie Award Recipients
🍊 2021: Orren “Bo” Philips
🍊 2020: Sam Folds and Wanda Bosworth
🍊 2019: Lynn Cuda
🍊 2018: Don Bowden
🍊 2017: Susie Scott
🍊 2016: Sarah Bailey
🍊 2015: Sandy Arpen
🍊 2014: Linda Levin
🍊 2013: Emily Lisska
🍊 2012: Virginia Barker
🍊 2011: Elizabeth “Betty” Wolfe
🍊 2010: Alice Stanley
🍊 2009: Susan Earnhart
🍊 2008: Jane Cooksey
🍊 2007: Mary Kaminski and Bonnie McNulty
🍊 2006: Mary Ann Southwell
🍊 2005: Rhonda Reese
🍊 2004: Karen Roumillat
🍊 2003: Kate Monson
NOMINATIONS for 2023
The Mandarin Museum & Historical Society will accept nominations for this award from any interested party and will make a determination as to the suitability of the nominee under the established criteria. The recipient will be notified prior to the award announcement and will be asked to participate in publicity activities and related media coverage. Miss Aggie Day, which honors the recipient as well as Agnes Jones, will be held at the historic Mandarin Store and Post Office.
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Mandarin Museum & Historical Society
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Jacksonville, FL 32241
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