Virginia Legends Walk
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON
1856-1915
Franklin County

Born a slave and deprived of any early education, Booker T. Washington became America's foremost black educator of the 20th Century. He was the founder of Tuskegee Institute where he championed vocational training as a means for black self-reliance. A well-known orator and writer, he was the advisor to Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft on race relations.

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