Ribbon-cutting for the A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center

The legacy of educator A. Quinn Jones and other civic leaders and residents will be honored with the dedication ceremony of the new A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center, which is located at 1013 NW Seventh Ave. The ceremony will take place from 3-6PM Sunday, February 26 on the lawn of the museum.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony includes speeches by Oliver Jones, the 96-year-old son of A. Quinn Jones, and city officials. Hartley Leacock and the Collective Format Band are performing live music, and Ralph McKnight of Garden of Eatery is catering the event, offering a soul food tasting. The museum will be open to visitors, and tours will be available.

The Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has been engaged in the restoration and adaptive reuse of the former Jones’ family residence since 2009. The museum features a permanent exhibit on A. Quinn Jones, and includes stories of other Gainesville residents who were champions of the civil rights movement. The museum and cultural center honors the legacy, culture and history of the historic Fifth Avenue/Pleasant Street neighborhood. The A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center will be open by appointment only until April when operating hours are established.

Parking for Sunday’s event is available at the A. Quinn Jones School, which is across the street from the home.

For more information, contact the Gainesville CRA at info@gainesvillecra.com.

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