The McKinney Center is located in the historic Booker T. Washington School at 103 Franklin Avenue. The Booker T. Washington School was originally completed in 1939 as part of the WPA program and opened its doors in 1940 for the purpose of instructing African-American children, first grade through eighth grade. The school operated until integration in 1965 and then sat dormant until 2010 when the Town of Jonesborough decided to restore the building.
The building was renamed in honor of the McKinney family whose members made great contributions to the town of Jonesborough. Ernest L. McKinney served as principle of Booker T. Washington School and served as the first African-American alderman of Jonesborough, voted into office on April 4, 1968.
Their son, Kevin McKinney, served as the first African-American Mayor of Jonesborough, Tennessee from April 1988 to April 1996.
Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts
The McKinney Center also houses the Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts. The arts program is designed to inspire area residents through appreciation for and participation in the various forms of art and expression. The comprehensive arts program offers a variety of educational opportunities for learning such as
drawing, painting, mosaics, theatre, dance, and music. The program also includes other venues such as the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre and the International Storytelling Center. With an excellent fine arts faculty, students receive world-class instruction. For a Current Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts Curriculum Brochure please click HERE. Registration Form can be downloaded HERE.
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The McKinney Center and the Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts are regularly featured by local newspapers and television stations. You can read about our programming or watch feature videos below:
News and Neighbor News Articles HERE
WCYB Feature Stories HERE
WJHL Feature Stories HERE
Conveniently located in historic Jonesborough with easy access to lodging, shops, and restaurants, the McKinney Center offers a unique venue for your wedding reception, anniversary party, reunion, corporate dinner, awards ceremony, meeting, seminar or other special events. Renovated in 2012 the facility includes modern conveniences such as Wi-Fi, accessible restrooms, and catering kitchen yet maintains its vintage characteristics. Click HERE for floor plans.
Other amenities include:
- Banquet room for approximately 200 guests
- Two available classrooms perfect for dressing area, small meetings, or receptions for approximately 20-40 people
- Tables, chairs, and set-up are included in the rental fee
- Beautiful outdoor space
For more information click HERE for the rental policy. To reserve space please make an appointment with the Special Facility Rental Manager by calling 423.753.1012.