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Gainesville Completes Renovations On A. Quinn Jones Museum

After two years, the plan to renovate the A. Quinn Jones Museum is complete. This week, Project Manager Peter McNiece announced the end of the construction. Wild Spaces and Public Places funded the $300,000 project. Construction took six months to complete.

"The particular problem we had with the A.Quinn Jones Museum was that it had a graveled parking lot which was not ADA approved, and made it made it very difficult for anyone with mobility issues to enter the building," McNiece said.

The total renovations include the concrete parking lot, a courtyard for heritage events, a shed to store tables and chairs, trash containers, bicycle racks and an underground connection to stormwater collection.

The museum is in honor of A. Quinn Jones Sr. He was a teacher at Lincoln High School from 1923 to 1957. His greatest accomplishment was submitting grades qualifying Lincoln High as the second accredited African American school in Florida.

Jillian is a reporter for WUFT News who can be reached by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.