‘Prof’ Jones was a prominent Black educator in Gainesville, FL. He was principal of the first fully accredited high school for African Americans in Alachua County, and the second one in the state. The museum tells the story of Jones; the historic Black high school he founded, Lincoln High School; the Civil Rights Movement in Gainesville and the role of churches in the African American culture.
Location: A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center; Gainesville, FL
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The museum is in Prof Jones’ small bungalow, the former dining room displays personal artifacts and awards he collected through his career.
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Educating African Americans was Jones’ lifelong passion; this display shows photos and artifacts from Lincoln High School, the school he founded.
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A simple audio playback device delivers snippets from oral histories.
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Arts and culture are illustrated through this sculpture by noted folk artist Jesse Aaron.
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Gainesville’s Civil Rights struggles are highlighted through headlines from the day.
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This gallery and gathering room focuses on the central role church life plays in the African American community. Existing windows were overhung with clear plex printed with stain glass designs from a local church.
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Visitors pore over a flip book showing graduating class photos and names from every year of Lincoln High School.