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New Exhibit about Black Educators Opens Nov. 2 at the A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center

11/1/2018
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The A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center (1108 NW Seventh Ave.) announces the opening of the third installment of the Black Educators: Florida's Secret Social Justice Advocates 1920-1960 exhibit. The A. Quinn Jones Museum explores the theme "Lincoln High School: A Metaphor for Excellence." Visitors will be transported back to a time where black teachers created a nurturing learning environment that established Lincoln High School as the center for community pride. Actual documents will tell the tale of a world where no black student was left behind, and recordings will allow visitors to hear the voices of these educators, like A. Quinn Jones, who championed the fight for Black education in Alachua County.

"For 100 years African-Americans in the south developed, sustained and maintained a rich, effective system of schooling for their children. Their vision was that this expansive, liberal arts-based kind of education would be available to every child. They nurtured democracy, applauded responsible citizenship and modeled the beloved community. This exhibit is to help us remember how our ancestors taught in lean times, and in mean times, and to help us rebuild this rich tradition for future generations," said Dr. Diedre Houchen, lead curator.

This exhibition is a collaboration with lead curator Diedre Houchen, Ph.D., co-curator and archivist Florence M. Turcotte, exhibit advisor Desmon N. Walker, the George A. Smathers Libraries, and the Levin College of Law’s Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations at the University of Florida, and will take place in three locations: A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center, the Smathers Library Gallery, and the Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center. A corresponding online exhibition will launch after November 2, 2018 (http://exhibits.uflib.ufl.edu/FloridaBlackEducators).

Museum hours of operation are Sunday–Thursday from 12-5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays by appointment. All programs are free, donations accepted, and take place at the A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center, unless otherwise noted. The mission of the A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center is to serve as stewards of the history of Professor Allen Quinn Jones, Lincoln High School and the Fifth Avenue/Pleasant Street District and to be a platform for community empowerment and improvement through history education and the cultural arts.