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McKinney Center looks for answers on Booker T. Washington School photo


The McKinney Center’s continued pursuit of historical photos and artifacts has delivered another mystery to be solved- actually, 34 mysteries. A class photograph featuring 34 smiling student faces has everyone asking the question: who are these students?

Only a handful of students to date have been identified, and the McKinney Center is on a quest to discover the name of each and every student. The staff of the McKinney Center is asking area residents to look closely at the photograph and call, email or come by the McKinney Center with information that will help to properly label and archive this precious piece of history.

It has already been determined that the photo was taken in the gym/auditorium, as the old line markings of the basketball court are visible on the floor. During the next month, this photograph will be available for the community to examine and hopefully solve the mystery of not only who these students are, but the time period in which this photograph was taken.

The McKinney Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of the alumni of Booker T. Washington School for future generations, as the school served a vital role in Jonesborough history. In addition, the staff is also looking to find more artifacts, such as photos, report cards, and other memorabilia. These items will be scanned and returned to owners on the same day.

Anyone who can help solve this month’s mystery or who might have additional photos or artifacts can contact the McKinney Center at (423)753-0562 or email Jules Corriere [email protected] or Skye McFarland [email protected] or stop by the McKinney Center Monday-Friday, between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.