Gainsville Celebrates Life of Principal A. Quinn Jones Sr.

Gainesville residents gathered to celebrate the life of A. Quinn Jones Sr., the first Black principal at Lincoln High School
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Gainesville residents gathered to celebrate the life of A. Quinn Jones Sr., the first Black principal at Lincoln High School. He turned the school, now A. Quinn Jones Center, into the first accredited all-Black school in Gainesville and second in the state.

In 2017, Jones’ old home became the A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center, a historic landmark available to the public.

The museum, alongside the Matheson History Museum, hosted more than 30 in-person and 20 online attendees Sept. 23. Speakers reflected on the legacy of Gainesville schools’ desegregation and their experiences at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The museum hosted the event for people to learn about the history of Jones and Black education in Gainesville, said Kaitlyn Hof-Mahoney, curator of collections and acting administrator at the Matheson History Museum.

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