Saturday, June 8, 2024 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
A. Quinn Jones Museum, 1013 NW Seventh Ave., 32601

The City of Gainesville’s month-long "Journey to Juneteenth" celebration, from Florida Emancipation Day (May 20) through the widely recognized Juneteenth holiday (June 19), honors the long and turbulent journey to freedom while staying true to our hi-story of Florida Emancipation on May 20.

Attendees are invited to an evening showcasing independent films crafted by local filmmakers. Among the highlights, award-winning shorts filmmaker Myquel Lewis presents "A Time to Heal," a narrative exploring the dynamics of a father-daughter relationship as the daughter embarks on a new chapter of her life.

Juneteenth Film Festival
A. Quinn Jones Center School Auditorium

  •  6 p.m.: "One More Time"
  • 6:15 p.m.: "A Time To Heal"
  • 6:30 p.m.: "Class of Her Own, The Story of Gloria Merriex" documentary screening

Class of Her Own is a documentary film by Boaz Dvir about local educator Gloria Merriex, who spent her career as an educator teaching at Duval Elementary. The documentary captures Gloria Merriex’s transformation into an educational innovator and shows her engaging her math, reading, and science students at the most effective levels through unconventional teaching practices, which included hip-hop and dance routines.