A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center
The A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center, housed in the former Jones Family home at 1013 NW 7th Avenue in Gainesville, Serves as a tribute to one of the most influential educators in the history of Alachua County. The Museum features a permanent exhibit on “Prof” Jones, the people and places of the Fifth Avenue/Pleasant Street neighborhood, and houses a collection of oral histories centering on the African-American experience in Gainesville. The rest of the space will house rotating exhibits.
Unique oral histories are the bedrock of sharing culture through time, but with this passage of time, it is inevitable that some of these stories will become lost or obscured. We need to act now to preserve the rich history that continues to inspire generation after generation. We are fortunate today that we are able to create an accurate and lively record of the past while memories are still strong. In addition, it is vitally important that we preserve the example set by community leaders like “Prof” Jones to endow young people with the inspiration to realize their full potential.
Inspire others to reach great heights. Preserve fragile histories and bring unique experiences to life.
The second element is the Heritage Trail, which will be directly accessed from the A. Quinn Jones Museum and extend throughout the unique, vibrant neighborhood that fostered these remarkable accomplishments. The Heritage Trail is a system of physical markers featuring the words and images of current and former neighborhood residents and business owners. These storyboards will weave together the stories of hope and determination introduced at the Museum, bringing the neighborhood’s rich history to life.