Museum Announces 2019 Black History Month Schedule


The A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center announces their 2019 Black History Month schedule of events for “Celebrating the American Black Experience.” Events include free programs for all ages, with prose and poetry, guest lectures, panel discussions, and a film screening. 

Life and Legacy of A. Quinn Jones- Touring Exhibit: on view Feb.1 - March 31 at Cone Park Library. Exhibit artifacts and panels from the original exhibit displayed at the A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center depicting the life of A. Quinn Jones, Lincoln High School and the Fifth Avenue/Pleasant Street District. 

“Marshall” Film Screening: Sunday, Feb. 10, 3-6 p.m. at the Thomas Center. Follow up discussion of Thurgood Marshall, with Dr. Zoharah Simmons, civil rights worker, former member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), participant in Freedom Summer (1964), and Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, University of Florida.

A Poetic and Visual Celebration of Black Life Culture and Love: Friday, Feb. 15, 7 to 10 p.m. at the Thomas Center. Enjoy an evening of wine, hors d’oeuvres, music, art, and spoken word as some of Gainesville’s most gifted poets share original and classic works celebrating Black history, life and culture. The audience will be invited to perform their own pieces during the open mic portion of this event.

Stories from the Rabbit Hole: Sunday, Feb. 17, 2 to 4 p.m. Eastside Community Center, 2841 E. University Ave. Folklorist, visual artist, and storyteller, Baba Turbado uses storytelling to spin tales that encourage good character and bring people together in the spirit of the human family. This immersive experience will include African drumming, dance, culture, and interactive mural making with Baba Turbado and the FentaGo Drum and Dance Troupe of Caring and Sharing Learning School.


Sundays at AQJ: Missing Pieces “Reimagining the Middle Passage: Black Resistance in Literature, Television & Song” Lecture, Book Signing, and Reception: Sunday, Feb. 24, 3 to 5 p.m. at the A. Quinn Jones School Auditorium.  Guest Speaker and author: Dr. Tara T. Green, Professor, African American and African Diaspora Studies, University of North Carolina (Greensboro).

Sundays at AQJ:  “The American Black Experience Then and Now- “Pipeline” Community Engagement Discussion:”   March 10, 3 to 5 p.m. at the A Quinn Jones School Auditorium will include a special abbreviated preview of the play, Pipeline, followed by a panel discussion with Steven H. Butler, The Actor’s Warehouse Executive/Artistic Director, Diedre Houchen, PhD., Post- Doctoral Associate, Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations, Levin College of Law; Michael Bowie, Immediate Past President of the Alachua County NAACP, Executive Director of the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Principal Investigator of the High-Risk Delinquent and Dependent Child Educational Research Project, Chair Emeritus, Partnership for Strong Families; Anne Wolfe, Citizen Engagement Program Manager, City of Gainesville; and Desmon N. Walker, Museum Coordinator, The A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center as moderator. The “Pipeline” performance runs from Mar 15-31 at the Actor’s Warehouse. 

Events are in partnership with Alachua County Library District- Cone Park Branch, NUBA (Neighborhoods United for a Better Alachua), and the Bailey Learning and Arts Collective, Inc., with sponsorship from Duncan Brothers’ Funeral Home and NUBA. 

Due to limited space, reservations are required for all events in the “Sundays at the AQJ” series. For more information or to RSVP, please call Desmon Walker at (352) 334-2010. All programs are free, donations accepted, and take place at the A. Quinn Jones Museum, at 1013 NW 7th Avenue, Gainesville, FL, unless otherwise noted. Museum hours of operation are Sunday – Thursday Noon -5:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays by appointment..