Near Hardy in Franklin County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Booker T. Washington Birthplace
Erected 1987 by Department of Conservation and Historic Resources. (Marker Number KP-14.)
Location. 37° 7.287′ N, 79° 43.897′ W. Marker is near Hardy, Virginia, in Franklin County. Marker is on Booker T. Washington Highway (Virginia Route 122) east of Lost Mountain Road (County Route 636), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. It is near the entrance to Burroughs Plantation. Marker is in this post office area: Hardy VA 24101, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Taylor’s Store (approx. 3.4 miles away); Smith Mountain Lake Smith Mountain Lake (approx. 7.1 miles away); Birthplace of General Jubal Early (approx. 8.4 miles away); Jubal Early Homeplace (approx. 9.4 miles away); Jubal A. Early Homeplace (approx. 9.4 miles away); Ferrum College (approx. 9.6 miles away); Carolina Road (approx. 9.6 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker replaced an older marker with the same name and number that read “Nearby was born Booker Taliaferro Washington, probably in 1858, the son of a slave woman. He graduated at Hampton Institute, 1875, and became instructor there. In 1881, he was appointed principal of the later famous Tuskegee Institute, Alabama. Recognized as an orator and the leader of the Negroes of America, he used his influence to promote harmony between the races and to advance the colored people educationally and economically. He died November 14, 1915.”
Regarding Booker T. Washington Birthplace. The Booker T. Washington National
Also see . . . A long Journey from Slave to Educator. 2013 article by Brent Wells in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed,” Washington wrote in his autobiography, “Up from Slavery.” “I have begun everything with the idea that I could succeed, and I never had much patience with the multitudes of people who are always ready to explain why one cannot succeed.” (Submitted on May 29, 2013.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 457 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 29, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. 3. submitted on October 1, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. 4. submitted on October 17, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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