Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)
@ Tuskegee University
DescriptionTuskegee rose to national prominence under the leadership of its founder, Dr. Washington (1856-1915), who headed the institution from 1881 until his death at age 59. During his tenure, institutional independence was gained in 1892, again through legislation, when Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute was granted authority to act independent of the state of Alabama. Dr. Washington, a highly skilled organizer and fund-raiser, was counsel to American Presidents, a strong advocate of Negro business, and instrumental in the development of educational institutions throughout the South. He maintained a lifelong devotion to his institution and to his home - the South. Dr. Washington is buried on the campus of Tuskegee University near the University Chapel.
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