LUCILLE CHRISTIAN

Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 19: Students

LUCILLE CHRISTIAN (McKINNEY)
Boarding School Student, 1935-1940 (1939 Graduate)
Member, PMSS Octet, 1930s

PMSS Octet members, 1937 - (l-r) Georgia Dodd, Lucille Christian, Nan Milan, (seated) Fern Hall, Joan Ayers, Ruth Christian, Lela Christian, Ruby Ayers [pmss_octet0002a_mod]

PMSS Octet members, 1937 – (l-r) Georgia Dodd, Lucille Christian, Nan Milan, (seated) Fern Hall, Joan Ayers, Ruth Christian, Lela Christian, Ruby Ayers [pmss_octet0002a_mod]

During the time that Lucille Christian (McKinney) was a student at Pine Mountain Settlement School in the 1930s, she was also a member of the School’s Octet, the all girls choral group that was formed under the management of Glyn Morris, the School’s director. She had two sisters who were also PMSS students and members of the Octet: Ruth Christian [Russell], the youngest of the three sisters, and Lela Christian [Meador], the oldest.

In 2007 Lucille’s son, George McKinney, shared with Pine Mountain School Collection reports of the 1936 and 1937 Octet tours. Images and transcriptions of these reports, titled “Roosevelt White House Entertainment” and “The Octet,” can be read here.

Lucille graduated PMSS in May 1939. She was invited back to Pine Mountain for a special post-graduate program.

Lucille met her future husband, George Wesley McKinney Jr., while both were attending Berea (KY) College in 1940. They married on September 5, 1941,  in a double wedding with her sister Ruth. Glyn Morris performed the ceremony. She and her husband lived in Berea and continued their college courses. They celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary four months before George died at age 92 on January 13, 2015.

George was born on May 27, 1922, in West Virginia. After graduating from Berea, Dr. McKinney completed service in World War II as a Captain in the United States Army after helping to rebuild Berlin. At the end of the war, he earned his M.A. (1947) and his Ph.D. (1949) in Economics at the University of Virginia. He began his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and went on to a long and prestigious career as an economist.

After retiring from the faculty of University of Virginia., Dr. McKinney and his wife moved to Fearrington Village and then to Carolina Meadows Retirement Community in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

At Berea College, the George and Lucille C. McKinney Service Award is funded by an endowment from donations from George and Lucille and/or their family. It is given to a junior who is an active participant in volunteer service in the college community. Nominations are sought from a recognized campus organization including residence halls and labor departments.

The Christian sisters’ parents were Neal Christian (1886-1922) and Lydia (Martin) Christian. Besides Lucille, Ruth and Lela, they had two other children: Ruby and Bobby.

George and Lucille had three children: George W. McKinney III, Mary McKinney (Schweitzer) and Ruth Ann McKinney.

Title

Lucille Christian

Alt. Title

Lucille (Christian) McKinney; Mrs. George McKinney ; Lucille McKinney ;

Identifier

LUCILLE CHRISTIAN

Creator

Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

Alt. Creator

Ann Angel Eberhardt ; Helen Hayes Wykle ;

Subject Keyword

Lucille Christian ; Lucille (Christian) McKinney ; George Wesley McKinney. jr.  ; Pine Mountain Settlement School ; students ; PMSS Octet ; Glyn Morris ; Ruth Christian (Russell) ; Lela Christian (Meador).; Neal Christian ; Lydia (Martin) Christian ; Ruby Christian ; Bobby Christian ; George and Lucille C. McKinney Service Award ; Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ; Berea College ; Berea, KY ; Chapel Hill, NC ;

Subject LCSH

Christian, Lucille.
Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.) — History.
Harlan County (Ky.) — History.
Education — Kentucky — Harlan County.
Rural schools — Kentucky — History.
Schools — Appalachian Region, Southern.

Date

2014-02-11

Publisher

Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

Contributor

n/a

Type

Collections ; text ; image ;

Format

Original and copies of documents and correspondence in file folders in filing cabinet

Source

Series 19: Students

Language

English

Relation

Is related to: Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections, Series Series 19: Students

Coverage Temporal

1935-1940

Coverage Spatial

Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ; Berea, KY ; Chapel Hill, NC ;

Rights

Any display, publication, or public use must credit the Pine Mountain Settlement School. Copyright retained by the creators of certain items in the collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Donor

n/a

Description

Core documents, correspondence, writings, and administrative papers of Lucille Christian (McKinney) ; clippings, photographs, books by or about Lucille Christian (McKinney) ;

Acquisition

n/d

Citation

“[Identification of Item],” [Collection Name] [Series Number, if applicable]. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY.

Processed By

Helen Hayes Wykle ; Ann Angel Eberhardt ;

Last Updated

2014-11-02 hhw ; 2015-08-27 aae ; 2017-07-20 aae ; 2017-07-31 aae ;

Bibliography

Sources

Boarding School Students 1929-1949 and Glyn Morris Study & Recommendations 1942 [For PMSS]. Series 19: Students, Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. Internet resource.

“George Wesley McKinney, Jr.” The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC), Obituary, January 18, 2015. http://www.newsobserver.com/latest-news/article10225868.html (Accessed 2017-July-20.) Internet resource.

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K7TW-WVS : accessed 27 August 2015), Lela Christian in household of Lydia Christian, Cumberland City, Magisterial District 3, Harlan, Kentucky, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 48-24, sheet 8A, family 147, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 1314.

Return to;

BIOGRAPHY – A-Z
GUIDE TO STUDENTS AT PINE MOUNTAIN SETTLEMENT SCHOOL

See Also:

PMSS GIRLS’ OCTET 1936-1937
Biographies of LELA CHRISTIAN and RUTH CHRISTIAN