Historic Markers Across Georgia

Jacob (Jake) Hutchings

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Location: at the Jones County Courthouse in Gray, GA
County: Jones
Coordinates: N 33° 00.494    W 083° 32.177
  33.00823333    -83.53628333
Style: Carved Stone **
Waymark: WM6WJR
Jacob (Jake) Hutchings Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


Born a slave in 1831 in Virginia, Jake eventually became the property of R.H. Hutchings of Jones County, Georgia. He was a skilled stone mason, cutting much of the stone in the county, including the granite in this retaining wall. These blocks originally formed the walls of the first county jail in nearby Clinton. Jake was a tall man of great strength, polite and well respected. He was elected as the first black state representative for Jones County in 1868. Jake died on June 9th, 1909.

Granite retaining wall built from stone cut by Jake Hutchings.
Jacob (Jake) Hutchings
Photo by Ken Moser