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Story published: 11-05-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

McKinney Center dedication scheduled for Nov. 8


The Town of Jonesborough will celebrate the completion of its new community arts center, the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School, with a dedication of the center honoring the McKinney family on Friday, Nov. 8.

The facility has been named in honor of the McKinney family, members of which have made great contributions to the town.

Ernest McKinney was Jonesborough’s first African-American alderman and was a long-time educator in Washington County, teaching and serving as principal at Booker T. Washington School. He died in 2009.

His son, Kevin McKinney, was Jonesborough’s first African-American mayor and served 12 years on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, nine as mayor. Today, Kevin McKinney lives in St. Louis.

Marion McKinney, Ernest’s wife, was a guidance counselor and educator in the Washington County Schools during her career. She continues to live in Jonesborough.

The McKinney Center is a community arts center that houses Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts, a comprehensive arts center program dedicated to using the arts in community building and relationship building Jonesborough and Washington County.

The Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts includes everything from beginning drawing and color, to painting and mosaics as well as instruction in theater and music.

A fine arts faculty made up of excellent area artists and teachers has developed a multi-year curriculum in the visual arts. Students will receive world-class instruction through the program.

The town bought the former school building from the Washington County School System, which had been using it as a storage facility.

Town leaders set to work turning transforming the building and have spent several years renovating the facility to its current condition.

Jonesborough’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen is inviting the public to join in the dedication of the McKinney Center, 103 Franklin Ave., on Friday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m.

A program will be presented to honor the McKinney family and refreshments will be served.