Tuskegee Institute in Macon County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Frederick Douglass Hall
Named for Frederick Douglass, famed runaway slave, abolitionist and statesman. Douglass came to Tuskegee in 1892 and delivered the 11th Annual Commencement address in which he "urged economy, thrift and common sense." Those words of Douglass echoed the very philosophy and sentiment of Booker T. Washington. Douglass' son, Major Charles H. Douglass, dedicated the building. Later, Douglass' great-grandson married Booker T. Washington's granddaughter Nettie, and resided in Tuskegee for a short time.
Douglass Hall was originally used as a girls' dormitory and contained a 750 seat assembly room. Funding came from General William J. Palmer of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Education. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1892.
Location. 32° 25.816′ N, 85° 42.261′ W. Marker is in Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, in Macon County. Marker can be reached from University Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: University Avenue, Tuskegee Institute AL 36088, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Huntington Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Campus Architect (within shouting distance of this marker); Dining and Social Center (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); White Hall (about 300 feet away); Historic Quadrangle (about 500 feet away); Great Philanthropists (about 600 feet away); Managing the School (about 600 feet away); Tuskegee Cemetery (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuskegee Institute.
Regarding Frederick Douglass Hall. Douglass Hall was completed in 1904, but burned down in 1934. The building standing today is what was rebuilt after the fire.
Tuskegee University is a private, historically Black university established in 1881. The campus has been designated as the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, a National Historic Landmark. Tuskegee University's campus is the only school in the United States to hold this distinction.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 11, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 674 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 11, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.