Black and white photograph of educator and reformer Booker T. Washington.

Booker T. Washington

(1856 - 1915)

Born on a plantation to an unknown white father and a slave-cook mother, Booker T. Washington at the age of sixteen traveled five hundred miles by train, foot, and hitchhiking on wagons to enroll at Hampton Institute in Virginia. Nine years later, he became head of the new Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, a school with two buildings. When he died thirty-four years later, the institute was instructing fifteen hundred students in more than thirty-eight trades and professions.

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When Booker T. Washington and Austrian ambassador Ladislaus Hengelmüller visited the White House on the same day in November 1905, Hengelmüller took Washington’s overcoat by mistake. According to the Washington Post, he noticed the mix-up on finding in the pocket “the left hind foot of a graveyard rabbit, killed in the dark of the moon,” which he “heroically relinquished.”

Voices In Time

1903 | Tuskegee


Booker T. Washington on rediscovering industrious habits.More

Voices In Time

1899 | Tuskegee, AL

School Ties

Booker T. Washington laments the state of Southern schools.More

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