Celebrating Black History Month: Booker T. Washington


We shall prosper in proportion as we learn to
dignify and glorify labor and put brains and skill
into the common occupations of life.

A Chronology of the Life of Booker T. Washington
1856 Born into slavery April 5, 1856, near Hale's Ford, Virginia
1862 Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation September 22, 1862
1865 The Civil War and slavery end; Washington's family moves to Malden, West Virginia, where his step-father finds work; Washington and his brothers are put to work in the salt mines.
1872 Attended Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute in Hampton, Virginia
1876 Graduated from Hampton with honors
1879 Returned to the Hampton Institute as an instructor
1881 Recommended by Samuel Armstrong, head of Hampton Institute, to serve as head of the new Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama.
1895 Washington delivers his infamous "Atlanta Compromise" speech
1896 U. S. Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that "separate but equal" facilities are constitutional
1900 Founded the National Negro Business League (NNBL)
1901 Published autobiography Up From Slavery 
1901 Met with Theodore Roosevelt
1915 Washington dies November 14, 1915



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