From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

McKinney Polytechnic Institute (Lincoln County, KY)

(start date: 1911  -  end date: 1916) 

McKinney is a community located in Lincoln County, KY. J. M. Bates was principal of the African American elementary school that operated six months out of each year in McKinney.

The school had opened in 1911 with three students from Iowa. L. S. Bowles was president of the school in 1912 when a man in Iowa claimed to be collecting funds for the school [source: "Not a very rich field," LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel (Iowa), 1/30/1912), p. 1]. The only teacher at the school, a woman, was paid $180 annually by the county. An estimated 60 students would come to attend the school.

The two-story framed building was located on 100 acres of land. The U.S. Office of Education recommended that Lincoln County take over the operation and develop it into a county training school. The McKinney Polytechnic Institute dissolved its corporation in 1916 [source: "The McKinney Polytechnic Institute ..." The Interior Journal, 1/04/1916, p. 2]. 

For more see p. 279 for the 1915 report in Negro Education by T. J. Jones [available online at Google Books]. See also entries for African American Schools in the NKAA Database.

Kentucky County & Region

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NKAA Source: The Interior journal (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Negro education: a study of the private and higher schools for colored people in the United States
NKAA Source: The LeMars semi-weekly sentinel (newspaper)

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NKAA Entry:  African American Schools in Lincoln County, KY

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