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Booker Taliaferro Washington

  • Birth 5 Apr 1856 Franklin County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 14 Nov 1915 Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama, USA
  • Burial Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama, USA
  • Memorial ID 1073

Social Reformer. Born a slave on the James Burroughs's Plantation in Hale's Ford, Franklin County, Virginia, he was 9 years old when slavery was abolished. He attended and graduated from Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute in 1875. In 1881 he was selected to head Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, which is now Tuskegee University. Booker believed in hard work, self-education and economic independence. He talks about his childhood in his biography "Up From Slavery", which was published in 1901. April 7, 1940, he was the first African American placed on a United States postage stamp.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1073
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Booker Taliaferro Washington (5 Apr 1856–14 Nov 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1073, citing Tuskegee University Campus Cemetery, Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .