The McKinney Center, formerly the Booker T. Washington School, was the home to a generation of wonderful educators. Many are known, yet some names have been lost. This month, the McKinney Center is looking to fill in some gaps concerning the faculty and staff of Booker T. Washington from the years of 1940-1965.

During the 25 years that Booker T. Washington operated as a segregated school, there were two mainstays. Ms. Brown, who taught grades 1 through 4, and Ms. Silvers, who taught grades 5 through 8.

The school also operated under many different principals during these years. The McKinney Center is looking to organize these principals in chronological order. Former students are encouraged to call the center with information concerning names and dates of tenure. The center is especially looking for any photographs, as well.

In addition, the names and roles other supportive people who contributed to education at Booker T. Washington are also being sought. This would include people who cooked for students, drove the bus, provided maintenance, and taught. The center is especially looking for photographs of these individuals, in order to honor their contributions to education in Jonesborough.

If you have information about educators at Booker T. Washington School, have photos or artifacts, or a story you would like to share, please contact the McKinney Center at (423) 753-0562 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photos and documents will be scanned and given back immediately. These photos and documents will help tell the story of Booker T. Washington School.