A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center
The A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center celebrates the life and legacy of its namesake, A. (Allen) Quinn Jones, who was a prominent African American educator and principal in Gainesville during much of the first half of the 20th century.
A. Quinn Jones earned the nickname "Prof."
Backstory and Context
Unfortunately, Jones was unable to continue his studies in science because he could not afford to do so. So instead he got a teaching job at a one-room school in Quincy. He taught in other small schools during the next couple of years before becoming principal for the first time in 1917 in Pensacola. He next taught and became vice-principal at Washington High School in Pensacola as well. Around this time he joined the NAACP (and remained an active member for the rest of his life) and married his first wife Agnes, with whom he had four children.
Jones earned an MA from Oskaloosa College, Iowa (through extension study) in 1920 and a year later became principal at Union Academy in Gainesville. Lincoln High School was built in the following years to replace Union Academy which by that time had become too overcrowded. Jones, of course, continued his role as principal at Lincoln High School. He retired in 1957, having served in public education for 42 years.
Murray Laurie & Robert Jones. "Jones, A. Quinn House." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/127a31a0-3d3f-4dfe-8845-10e156765b13.