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Booker T. Washington
 

 

Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915). Educator and Author; Head of Tuskegee Institute. Very Choice Signed Card, "Booker T. Washington Tuskegee Alabama. May 26, 1902." Measuring approximately 2.25 in. by 3.75", remnants on verso from prior mounting with Washington's name and profession written in another hand. Under Washington's leadership (1881-1915), Tuskegee Institute became an important force in black education. Tuskegee pioneered in agricultural extension, sending out demonstration wagons that brought better methods to farmers and sharecroppers. Graduates founded numerous "little Tuskegees." African Americans mired in the poverty and degradation of cotton sharecropping improved their farming techniques, income, and living conditions. Washington urged them to become capitalists, founding the National Negro Business League in 1900. Black agricultural scientist George Washington Carver worked at Tuskegee from 1896 to 1943, devising new products for peanuts and sweet potatoes. By 1915 Tuskegee had 1,500 students and a larger endowment than any other black institution. In very fine condition. $795. (#10670)

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