Hidden History: Day Nursery of Abilene rich in black history

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - An Abilene non-profit organization has served families, providing a daycare service for decades.

The Day Nursery of Abilene has been around since the 1970's and its main purpose is to assist low-income working parents with affordable child care.

Before the 70's, though, the Day Nursery had a different name and a slightly different purpose.

"Our predecessor was the Negro Day Nursery," said President and CEO Cynthia Pearson.

The original center was located on Ash Street in the Carver neighborhood and was started in the 1930's by Ruth Jones, a philanthropist known for giving back to the community.

"She provided the funding for primarily Black African American women who were domestic workers," added Pearson, "working for others in the community."

Although the center was closed in 1969, the Jones family continued to pour into the lives of children who attend the Day Nursery.

Now, with almost 500 kids receiving care, it's a seed that's grown into three licensed facilities.

"This one has just blossomed and the community has just continued to benefit from the childcare services the Day Nursery of Abilene provide," Pearson said.



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