Booker T. Washington National Monument

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Booker T. Washington National Monument Information

On April 5, 1856, a child who later called himself Booker T. Washington was born in slavery on this 207-acre tobacco farm.

The realities of life as a slave in Piedmont, Virginia, the quest by African Americans for education and equality, and the post-war struggle over political participation all shaped the options and choices of Booker T. Washington.

Washington founded Tuskegee Institute in Alabama in 1881 and later became an important and controversial leader of his race at a time when increasing racism in the United States made it necessary for African Americans to adjust themselves to a new era of legalized oppression. Visitors are invited to step back in time and experience firsthand the life and landscape of people who lived in an era when slavery was part of the fabric of American life.

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