In 1923, A. Quinn Jones became the inaugural principal of Lincoln High School in Gainesville, Florida (at the time offering grades one through eleven). With the belief that his graduates should receive full high school diplomas, “Prof” Jones, immediately began preparing the school for full accreditation from the State of Florida. In 1926, Lincoln High School became only the second African-American high school in the state of Florida to qualify for this distinction. Accredited diplomas gave graduates the credentials they needed for full acceptance at colleges and universities. The A. Quinn Jones Museum project is intended to honor this visionary educator and the unique community that he helped build.