Booker Taliaferro Washington, Sr.
Cause of Death Age Burial Location Visted
Kidney failure; Hypertension 59 Tuskegee, Alabama June 2013

Educator Booker T. Washington is interred
on the grounds of Tuskegee University, the
historically black institution he founded in 1881.
His circular plot is on the left side of this picture,
while longtime school employee and botanist
George Washington Carver's flat marker can
be seen on the far right.

Washington's strategy to empower
African Americans was a gradual
approach. He believed that the
black community could better achieve
respect with white Americans if they
accepted discrimination and climbed
the social ladder through agricultural
and industrial work.

Washington was in New York in November
1915 when he fell ill and was informed he
had only days to live. Desiring to die at his
beloved institute, Washington traveled by
train to Alabama. He died on campus scant
hours after his arrival.


Perhaps Washington's most noted contemporary
in the movement to empower African Americans
was his philosophical counterpart, W. E. B. Du Bois.
Du Bois, who co-founded the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored People, advocated
for an immediate end to segregation and rebuked
Washington's methodology.

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Spouse: Fanny Norton Smith Washington (m. 1882-1884)
              Olivia America Davidson Washington (m. 1886-1889)
              Margaret James Murray Washington (m. 1893-1915)

Last Words: Unknown

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