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Tuskegee Institute in Macon County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

The Burnt Place

— Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site —

The Burnt Place Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 11, 2017
1. The Burnt Place Marker
Inscription.  At the time we occupied the place there were standing upon it a cabin, formerly used as the dining room, an old kitchen, a stable, and an old hen-house. Within a few weeks we had all of these structures in use.   —Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery

You are standing at The Burnt Place, the heart of Tuskegee Institute. Soon after arriving in Tuskegee in 1881, Booker T. Washington purchased an abandoned 100-acre plantation that was called The Burnt Place because the main house had been burned during the Civil War.

Washington bought the property for $500 and made his first payment with $250 he borrowed from the personal savings of J. F. B. Marshall, treasurer of Hampton Institute, a Virginia
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school for blacks that Washington had attended.

[Photo captions]
{Top right}: General Samuel C. Armstrong, the founder of Hampton Institute, recommended Washington as the first principal, or president, of the Tuskegee Normal School for Colored Teachers, later known as Tuskegee Institute.

{Main photo}: Only a few buildings stood on The Burnt Place when Washington moved the school here from its temporary quarters in an abandoned church and shanty in the town of Tuskegee. The precise location of the original buildings is not known.

Erected by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducationNotable PlacesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1881.
The Burnt Place Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 11, 2017
2. The Burnt Place Marker
32° 25.674′ N, 85° 42.212′ W. Marker is in Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, in Macon County. Marker is at the intersection of University Avenue and Tuskegee Airmen Circle, on the right when traveling north on University Avenue. Marker located within the Tuskegee University Campus. 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. Thrasher Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Up From Slavery (within shouting distance of this marker); Porter Hall 1883 / Huntington Academic Building 1905 (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Olivia Davidson Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carver Research Foundation (about 300 feet away); Birth of Trades Program (about 400 feet away); Managing the School (about 500 feet away); The Oaks (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuskegee Institute.
Regarding The Burnt Place. Tuskegee
Booker Taliaferro Washington image. Click for full size.
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3. Booker Taliaferro Washington
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.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on Booker T. Washington. (Submitted on March 11, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article on General Samuel C. Armstrong. (Submitted on March 11, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2017. It was originally submitted on March 11, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 512 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 11, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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