he George & Leah McKenna Museum is named in honor of the parents of Dr. Dwight McKenna, the museumís founder and owner. The McKenna family has a long legacy of advocating educational excellence, especially amongst youth. George Joachim McKenna, Jr. was born in 1911 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received a B.A. degree from Xavier University and M.A. degree from Catholic University in Washington, DC. He eventually returned to New Orleans and served in facets as a faculty member at his alma mater, Xavier University.
During his professoriate career, his titles ranged from Chair of the Economic and Sociology Departments to Dean of the Faculty. His wife, Leah Metoyer McKenna, was also well educated, having also attended Xavier University, where she received both B.A. and M.A. degrees with highest honors. She was appointed principal at Rivers Frederick Junior High School in 1954, making her the first Black female principal of a racially- integrated secondary school in New Orleans. Both George and Leah McKenna dedicated their lives to educating others and the pursuit of excellence. It was this same spirit of achievement and community involvement that was passed down to their three sons, Doctors George III, Dwight and Stephen McKenna.