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

Booker T. Washington

 
 
Booker T. Washington Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 5, 2013
1. Booker T. Washington Marker
Inscription.  
On this site stood
the "shanty" where
Booker T.
Washington

first opened school,
July 4 1881.
Later it became
"State Normal School", next
"Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute",
now "Tuskegee Institute".

 
Erected 2001 by Butler Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church Historical Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducation. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AME Zion) Church series list.
 
Location. 32° 25.111′ N, 85° 41.966′ W. Marker is in Tuskegee, Alabama, in Macon County. Marker is at the intersection of North Church Street and West Martin Luther King Highway (U.S. 80), on the left when traveling north on North Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1002 North Church Street, Tuskegee AL 36083, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Butler Chapel AME Zion Church (here, next to this marker); Rosa Parks (approx. ¼ mile away); Area Churches That Hosted Important Civil Rights Meetings
Dr. Booker Taliaferro Washington image. Click for full size.
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2. Dr. Booker Taliaferro Washington
(approx. half a mile away); William P. Mitchell (approx. 0.6 miles away); 119 Westside Street (approx. 0.6 miles away); "Trade With Your Friends" (approx. 0.6 miles away); Brief History of Tuskegee, Alabama (approx. 0.6 miles away); Birth of Trades Program (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuskegee.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Booker T. Washington Biography. (Submitted on October 21, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Booker T. Washington Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 5, 2013
3. Booker T. Washington Marker
Booker T. Washington image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
4. Booker T. Washington
This 1973 bust of Booker T. Washington by Richmond Barthé sits in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.

“In the face of racial hatred, segregation, and disenfranchisement following the Civil War, it was unrealistic, Booker T. Washington contended, to expect African Americans to gain entry into America's white-collar professions. Instead, he suggested they establish themselves as a skilled and indispensable laboring class. With that accomplished, racial discrimination would gradually disappear. In 1881 Washington put this theory to the test, becoming the director of the newly created Negro Normal School in Tuskegee, Alabama. As the school grew, Washington became viewed as the nation's leading spokesman for African Americans. Yet by the century's end, many critics began to challenge his ‘get along’ philosophy.’” — National Portrait Gallery
Booker T. Washington Marker Sponsor image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 5, 2013
5. Booker T. Washington Marker Sponsor
Butler Chapel AME Zion Church image. Click for full size.
By Google street view
6. Butler Chapel AME Zion Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 781 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 6, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   2. submitted on October 21, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   3. submitted on October 6, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   4. submitted on October 17, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   5. submitted on October 6, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   6. submitted on October 21, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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