Collin McKinney statue dedication set for Saturday

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Collin McKinney was instrumental in the founding of Texas as well as Collin and Grayson Counties.  He was also a slaveholder.

The new Collin McKinney statue at Anna’s Sherley Heritage Park will be officially dedicated this Saturday at 1 p.m.  The event will mark the end of nearly three years of debate regarding the subject. 

Collin McKinney is the namesake of both Collin County and the city of McKinney. A native of Hunterdon County, New Jersey, his family was among the earliest settlers in Northeast Texas. His final homestead was located in what is today the city of Anna.  He is buried in the McKinney family plot at the Van Alstyne Cemetery. 

In 2019, the Historical Preservation Society approached the Anna City council with a plan to erect a statue in his honor.  They approved the plan.  However, the statue was completed around the same time as the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. That prompted a reckoning on statues across the country.  Anna, city leaders deiced to delay installation to allow for additional discussion 

McKinney was a slave owner.  However, he also left much of his land many of them after they were freed. Many of their descendants were in favor of the statue because they considered him progressive for this time. 

After much discussion within the city council and Anna’s inclusion and diversity committee, the city deiced to proceed with the statue. 

Today there are estimated to be more than 1,000 decedents of Collin McKinney living in Texas and other parts of the United States.  Many of them still reside in North Texas. 

Sherley Heritage Park, the proposed site of a Collin McKinney statue, has seen several new additions since the plan was approved in 2019.