The newly completed A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center is open to the public after a nationwide search for a museum coordinator. The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) and the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) are pleased to welcome Desmon Duncan-Walker as the new museum coordinator.
Duncan-Walker is the daughter of Iris Duncan and George Walker, Jr. and the granddaughter of Collins and the late Gloria Chestnut Duncan and the late George, Sr. and Alma McDonald Walker. With a local family history that points back to pioneer citizens of Gainesville, her roots in Alachua County run deep.
Prior to joining PRCA, Duncan-Walker was with the Miami-Dade County Department of Park and Recreation’s Division of Arts and Culture as the cultural coordinator at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, the Division Marketing, and media liaison at the division headquarters, and the director of the Roxcy O’Neal Bolton Women’s History Gallery. As the first director of a multi-million-dollar park and museum, she set the standard for the facility’s operations and programming, and garnered the support and participation of some of the country’s most powerful and respected female leaders at the time. Duncan-Walker holds a bachelor of arts in speech communications from Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, and a master of science in business entertainment from Full Sail University in Orlando. She is pleased to return to work with the City of Gainesville in the department that ignited her fire for the arts as a child as the leader of its newest arts facility.
The Gainesville CRA led the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the A. Quinn Jones homestead, located at 1013 NW Seventh Ave., into the A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center. The museum, completed in February 2017, features a permanent exhibit on the community leader and educator A. Quinn Jones. The museum also features stories of other residents in Gainesville’s early years who were champions of the civil rights movement and honors the legacy, culture and history of the historic Fifth Avenue/Pleasant Street neighborhood.
The A. Quinn Jones Museum and Cultural Center is open Sunday through Thursday from 12-5 p.m. and by appointment on Friday and Saturday.
For more information, email AQuinnJones@cityofgainesville.org or contact the Gainesville CRA at 352-393-8200.
The City of Gainesville established the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in 1981 to create a redevelopment framework in which the central city district will evolve into a more dynamic office, service, financial, entertainment, residential and governmental area. The authority to establish the CRA is enabled by Sections 163.330-163.45 Florida Statutes. Redevelopment is undertaken in four distinct redevelopment districts: Downtown, Fifth Avenue Pleasant Street, College Park University Heights and the Eastside Redevelopment Area. Redevelopment projects are coordinated in these districts by the CRA, and implemented by a team of partners that includes other city departments and private citizens.