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Tuesday Trivia

Johnson City Press • Updated Feb 5, 2018 at 7:39 PM

As February is Black History Month, this week’s Tuesday Trivia looks at some local black history.

Johnson City’s black population is growing.

U.S. Census data indicates Johnson City’s black population was 4,183 in 2010 compared to 3,561 in the 2000 Census, an increase of 17.47 percent. The city’s overall population grew by 12.97 percent (63,151 from 55,902) over the same decade.

What is Johnson City’s oldest predominantly black church?

West Main Street Christian Church was founded as Colored Christian Church in 1869 and also served as a school. The current facility was built in 1889 and stands as the oldest church and school building in Johnson City.

Who was Johnson City’s first black alderman?

Dr. Hezekiah B. Hankal, a renowned physician, was elected to what was then Johnson City’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen in 1873.

Who was Jonesborough’s first black alderman?

Schoolteacher Ernest McKinney was elected as Jonesborough’s first black alderman on April 4, 1968.

Who was Jonesborough’s first black mayor?

Earnest McKinney’s son, Kevin McKinney, served as mayor from 1988-96.

What were the names of Johnson City’s black elementary schools during segregation?

Douglass and Dunbar. The schools were named for early civil rights statesman Frederick Douglass and Paul Laurence Dunbar, one of the first black poets to gain national recognition.

For whom was Johnson City’s Langston High School named?

John Mercer Langston was an early abolitionist leader who later organized the law school at Howard University.

When were Johnson City’s schools fully integrated?

Johnson City schools were integrated in 1965 under court order after more than 100 residents successfully sued.

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