Aleksa Aca Stanojević was an opponent of Milan Obrenović’s regime. He was accused of participating in the Timočka Rebellion and sentenced to death. He saved himself by fleeing to Bulgaria. After the Second World War, Marshal Tito received him in the White House as a prominent fighter for human rights.
The museum of the city of Knjaževac is located in the house of Aleksa Ace Stanojević, a radical champion, a close associate of Nikola Pašić, the president of the National Assembly of Serbia. The house is a cultural monument. It was built in 1910. year, according to the plans of the Viennese contractor Volker, and based on the example of the Italian villas in the Art Nouveau style. The museum contains personal items and the study room of Ace Stanojević, vases, porcelain, clocks and many other exhibits obtained from old princely families. It’s as if time stopped at the end of the 19th century, reminding us that the former Gurgusovac, and then Knjaževac, is one of the oldest towns in Serbia.