Charleston in Kanawha County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Booker Taliaferro Washington
1856 - Born a lowly slave;
1915 - Died a great American.
Famous educator, author, lecturer and advocate of the doctrine of interracial cooperation.
Booker T. Washington was born near Hale's Ford, Franklin, County, VA. He spent his early life here in Malden, West Virginia. He was employed in the Ruffner Salt Works and by Mrs. Viola Ruffner whom he gave credit for inspiring him to secure an education.
He graduated from Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia in 1875 and returned to Malden where he taught school for two years. Later he became an instructor and assistant to the president of his alma mater.
By his originality, vision and force, he established in 1881, the first vocational school for Negroes in America at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Through his emphasis on training the hands as much as the mind, he taught the value of vocational education, not only to the Negro youth but to the world.
"He lifted the veil of ignorance from his people and pointed the way to progess through industry and education."
Location. 38° 20.161′ N, 81° 36.732′ W. Marker is in Charleston, West Virginia, in Kanawha County. Marker can be reached from Kanawha Boulevard East (U.S. 60) 0.1 miles east of Greenbrier Touch for map. The marker is in a niche on the exterior of the West Virginia state capitol building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston WV 25305, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abraham Lincoln Walks At Midnight (within shouting distance of this marker); State Capitol (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thomas J. Jackson (about 300 feet away); The New Deal In Your Community (about 400 feet away); Union Civil War Monument (about 500 feet away); West Virginia Home Guards (about 600 feet away); "The West Virginia Coal Miner" (about 800 feet away); Executive Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
More about this marker. The existing bust of Washington was sculpted by William D. Hopen as a replacement for a worn and damaged original which had been moved to the Capitol from Malden, WV some years earlier. The Washington memorial was re-dedicated in 1985.
Also see . . .
1. The Washington Bust. (Submitted on May 3, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Booker T. Washington. (Submitted on May 3, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Reconstruction Postbellum South
Categories. • African Americans • Education • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 3, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,266 times since then and 16 times this year. Last updated on October 5, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 3, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.