Edna Jacques grew up in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Howard University, with a master’s degree in mathematics. She was the first minority hired by IBM in Philadelphia and achieved further “firsts” for women and minorities in her thirty years at the company. She grew up listening to stories of her Bolling and Hemmings ancestors told by her great-aunt Olive Rebecca Bolling (1847–1953). She heard of the beauty of the Hemmingses and the accomplishments of her great-grandfather Samuel P. Bolling (1819–1900), who was born a slave. After the Civil War Bolling had large landholdings and a thriving brickyard, and served in the Virginia House of Delegates. An active Daughter of the American Revolution, Edna Jacques successfully nominated her ancestor Mary Hemings Bell as a DAR Patriot.
6 Apr. 1999, Charlottesville, VA Interviewees: Edna Jacques, Pieter Jacques