Aleksa Aca Stanojevic was an opponent of Milan Obrenovic’s regime. He was accused of participating in the Timok revolt and sentenced to death. He escaped to Bulgaria. After the Second World War, Marshal Tito received him at the White Palace, as a prominent fighter for human rights.
The museum of the City of Knjaževac is located in the house of Aleksa Aca Stanojević, a radical champion, a close associate of Nikola Pašić, the President of the National Parliament of Serbia. The house is a cultural monument. It was built in 1910. according to the plans of the Viennese entrepreneur Volker, and modelled after Italian villas in the Art Nouveau style. The museum contains personal of Ace Stanojević’s study, vases, porcelain, clocks and many other exhibits obtained from old Knjaževac families. It is as if time stopped at the end of the 19th century, reminding that the former Gurgusovac, and then Knjaževac, is one of the oldest towns in Serbia.