Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington was a noted Civil Rights leader and founder of the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama. Washington met Frederick Douglass and invited him to speak in Tuskegee in 1892. Later, Douglass hosted Washington as he spoke alongside Ida B. Wells at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.

“William Dean Howells compared Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington favorably as great, if different, black men of their times. Howells thought both men had exhibited ‘cool patience’ for the challenges of their respective eras, but that the ‘temper’ of Washington’s mind was conservative, while Douglass’s was ‘essentially militant.’ Washington led by ‘mild might,’ and Douglass was ‘a fighter.’”[1]

Booker T. Washington died on November 14, 1915 at the age of 59. He was buried in the Tuskegee University Campus Cemetery in Tuskegee, Alabama.

Exact Grave GPS coordinates: 32.430983, -85.706692

[1] David W. Blight, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2018), 714.

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