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

The Oaks

 

—Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site —

 
The Oaks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 11, 2017
1. The Oaks Marker
Inscription. The actual sight of a first-class house that a Negro has built is ten times more potent than pages of discussion about a house that he ought to build, or perhaps could build. —Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery

The Oaks was the home of Booker T Washington. Twice a widower, Washington lived here with his third wife, Margaret Murray Washington and three children from his earlier marriages. In 1899 Tuskegee students and faculty built the house, designed by school architect Robert R. Taylor using bricks made at the institute.

By that time Washington and his school were well known internationally, and he spent more than half of each year away from home giving speeches and raising funds. Mrs. Washington continued to live at The Oaks after her husband died here November 14, 1915. She died in 1925.

[Photo caption]
Booker T. Washington sits outside The Oaks flanked by wife Margaret and daughter Portia and his sons Ernest (left) and Booker T. Jr. Washington's first wife, Fannie Smith, died in 1884, and his second wife, Olivia Davidson, died in 1889.

 
Erected by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 25.696′ N, 85° 
The Oaks house from the front. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 11, 2017
2. The Oaks house from the front.
42.321′ W. Marker is in Tuskegee, Alabama, in Macon County. Marker is on West Montgomery Road east of Chambliss Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. "The Oaks" is one of only two historical buildings not located within the gated campus and is operated by the National Park Service. Marker is at or near this postal address: 905 West Montgomery Road, Tuskegee AL 36083, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Managing the School (within shouting distance of this marker); Great Philanthropists (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Quadrangle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Porter Hall 1883 / Huntington Academic Building 1905 (about 400 feet away); White Hall (about 500 feet away); Dining and Social Center (about 500 feet away); Campus Architect (about 600 feet away); The Burnt Place (about 600 feet away).
 
Also see . . .  National Park Service site about The Oaks house. (Submitted on March 11, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansEducationNotable Buildings
 
The Oaks house from the side. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 11, 2017
3. The Oaks house from the side.
The view west on Montgomery Road, towards the Lincoln gate entrance to the University. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 11, 2017
4. The view west on Montgomery Road, towards the Lincoln gate entrance to the University.
Booker T. Washington image. Click for full size.
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5. Booker T. Washington
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 11, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 239 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 11, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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