Matheson Museum Brings Alachua County History to Life
GAINESVILLE-- If you've ever driven on University avenue or Main street then you're driving on history.
150 years ago the civil war "Battle of Gainesville" occurred there.
To commemorate the battle and following civil rights movement in Alachua county the Matheson Museum of Gainesville opened a temporary exhibit that shows how Alachua county has changed.
Part of the exhibition shows the long history behind Gainesville high.
After the war, Lincoln High was opened as a black- only school for decades.
Eventually Lincoln High closed and its students were integrated with white students at Gainesville High.
They brought some of their culture there.
(Stephanie Pastore, Matheson museum) " Gainesville High school has had this legacy of having a tremendous band, and that legacy started when it began absorbing a lot of african american students from lincoln high school."
The museum is open monday thru thursday and offers many other insights into the long history of Alachua County.
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