Tuskegee in Macon County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Brief History of Tuskegee, Alabama
Tuskegee consists of 80 square miles and is the county seat of Macon County, Alabama. Tuskegee rests in the heart of the rural Alabama Black Belt and is 40 miles east of Montgomery. Tuskegee was founded by General Thomas S. Woodward in 1833 after he was appointed to form a seat of government in Macon County. Tuskegee was later incorporated in 1843 and continues to be a site of major African-American achievements for more than a century. The city of Tuskegee played a vital role in the Civil Rights Movement and is the birthplace of Rosa Louise Parks (1913). Tuskegee is also the home of the first African-American fighter squadron known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Voting rights and equal education for African-Americans was guaranteed through famous civil rights court cases such as Gomillion v. Lightfoot (1958) and Lee v. Macon County (1963) both taking place in Tuskegee. Tuskegee is also the location where Samuel Younge, Jr., the first African-American college student killed as a result of his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.
Many educational institutions originated from Tuskegee. The Baptist College for Women was founded in 1848; the Tuskegee Female College (later known as Huntingdon
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Tuskegee.
Location. 32° 25.45′ N, 85° 41.479′ W. Marker is in Tuskegee, Alabama, in Macon County. Marker is at the intersection of Westside Street and West Northside Street, on the right when traveling south on Westside Street. Touch for map. Located as part of the Main Street Historic District. Marker is at or near this postal address: 125 Westside Street, Tuskegee AL 36083, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. 119 Westside Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Macon County Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Macon County Legal Milestone (within shouting distance of this marker); Butler Chapel AME Zion Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Booker T. Washington (approx. 0.6 miles away); Birth of Trades Program (approx. 0.7 miles away); Site of Olivia Davidson Hall (approx. 0.7 miles away); Carver Research Foundation (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuskegee.
Also see . . . The Encyclopedia of Alabama history of Tuskegee. (Submitted on November 16, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Education • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 333 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 16, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.