DFN # 1

A Quinn Jones’ Old Bag
An old, brown, leather briefcase with a dark handle rests in box 40. Its top flap has lightened and worn leather and one of its two buckles has an upward curl. Both of these abnormalities seem to be from its extensive use, and the initials of A.Q.J. on the front of the briefcase, along with the note attached to it, identify the owner as A Quinn Jones. The note reads, “Professor A. Quinn Jones carried this briefcase every day to work. He would be seen walking to work from his 7th Avenue home with briefcase in hand to start the school day”. After seeing the bag and reading the note, I immediately attempted to visualize AQJ walking down the street at dawn. Since cell phones weren’t available at the time, I pictured him walking with his chin up, and browsing his surroundings, acknowledging and embracing everyone he encountered.
The fact that students openly witnessed A Quinn Jones walk from home to school each day, with briefcase in tow, speak to the nature of his community at the time, and the thin line between home and school. It can be assumed that he was not concerned with parents, teachers or students knowing his address, and he did not mind carrying his materials in hand on a sidewalk. The school was deeply connected to the community it sat within and as a result of his position as leader of the school, A Quinn Jones took platform as a leader of his community. I think this artifact gives off a sense of AQJ’s pride and honor to be leading his community in such a way.

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