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Rev Van H. McKinney
Birth: Jul. 4, 1865
Mississippi, USA
Death: Feb. 23, 1928
Harris County
Texas, USA

**My Second Great Grand Uncle***

--Minister, Editor, Printer, Community Activist, Husband and Father---

As an honorable member of the," Ancient Order of the Pilgrims" he held the role of, "High Chief Protector."
The organization role was:

"After the Civil War, African Americans faced difficulties finding insurance or securing loans. In the 1870's a Jamaican immigrant Henry Cohen Hardy came to Houston, where he was an educator. Hardy established the Ancient Order of the Pilgrims in 1882 to help solve economic problems faced by Houston's African American population. The fraternal org provided burial insurance and real estate loans...excerpt from
He was also the Owner/operator of the First African American printing company of Houston, TX "Mckinney and Burke Printing Company." Partner: Clarence Burke
located at: 411 1/2 Travis, Houston, Harris co., TX

Another role he held was that of editor of one of the first black owned and operated, weekly papers, 'The Houston Van.' Accordingly, he did not shy away from speaking the truth.

"The Houston Van is an authority on the Scriptures, and frequently resorts to the Holy Writ for the proof of his editiorial wisdom. Van H. McKinney is the 'think architect' of the paper, and he ventured last week to observe that "Gov J.S.Hogg talked longest and loudest against mob Violence, and did less to suppress it in Texas than any Governor Texas has ever had: While on the other hand, our present Governor Joseph D. Sayers, has said less and done more to put a stop to lynching than any other Governor Texas has ever had. 'By their fruits ye shall know them.' saith the Scriptures and Van is neither wise enough nor good enough nor even fool enough to try to improve upon so good authority." published by the Colored American September 7, 1901
"Mckinney Methodist marks 90th year anniversary"

by Rick Cousins of the Galveston daily news
published 9/26/2009

"Rev Janie Gilbert, senior pastor of McKinney Memorial United Methodist Church in La Marque, is encouraging the community to join a celebration. "It's our 90th anniversary as a church, " she said, "We're calling it 'Aim for Certainty in Uncertain Times.'

The church is named for the REV. VAN H. MCKINNEY, who ministered from 1922 to 1925.

Note* The church is still going strong in 2013.

Family links: 
  Squire McKinney (1830 - ____)
  Jane McKinney (1841 - ____)
  Anna Benchley McKinney (1909 - 1954)*
  Earl McKinney (1884 - 1917)*
  Van Roby McKinney (1895 - ____)*
  Hobart McKinney (1897 - 1926)*
  Ran McKinney (1858 - ____)*
  Van H. McKinney (1865 - 1928)
  Eliza McKinney Foster-Williams (1865 - 1935)*
  John McKinney (1866 - 1937)*
  Mary S McKinney Loyd (1870 - 1936)*
*Calculated relationship
Olivewood Cemetery
Harris County
Texas, USA
Created by: Always lovingly honored ...
Record added: Nov 11, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80263003
Rev Van H. McKinney
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