The Matheson Museum highlights life on Pleasant Street

According to their press release, "The exhibit will feature oral histories, artifacts, and recently discovered photographs from the Mark V. Barrow Archives.  The Pleasant Street Historic District is one of Gainesville's oldest African-American neighborhoods.

Exhibit highlights include the oral histories of A. Quinn Jones, Rosa B. Williams and Wilhelmina Williams Johnson.  Also included are photographs of Sara's Restaurant, Mom's Kitchen, Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, Friendship Baptist Church, Union Academy and more. 

A main feature of the celebration of the Pleasant Street Historic District is the Museum's History Bus Tour on Saturday, Feb. 22nd at 10:00 a.m.  Please contact the Matheson Museum for ticket information.

The Matheson Museum welcomes members of the community to contribute their oral histories, photographs, memorabilia and stories from the Pleasant Street area.  The Museum is open to the public Monday-Thursday between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m."

You can contact the museum at:

Matheson Museum

513 E. University Avenue

Gainesville, FL 32601

Phone (352) 378-2280

Fax (352) 378-1246

The Alachua County Library District has several books in our collection about Florida African-American history. Stop by to flip through them after looking through the museum’s exhibition!

The Library District also has many programs throughout February celebrating Black History month. Check out the calendar of events and see what events are close to you!