The late Marion Stubbs Thomas founded Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated on January 24, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Twenty mothers came together to discuss creating an organization to provide social, cultural and educational opportunities for youth between the ages of two and nineteen. In 1946, ten chapters were involved in the national restructuring process. Constitution and bylaws were drawn up and the organization was incorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware.

The Knoxville Chapter is one of more than 240 chapters nation wide. To learn more about our organization, please visit:

Marion Stubbs Thomas

“To us as mothers, it [Jack and Jill] has become a means of furthering an inherent and natural desire … to bestow upon our children all the opportunities possible for a normal and graceful approach to a beautiful adulthood.”

— Marion Stubbs Thomas