Booker Taliaferro Washington, Sr.
Burial Location Visited
Tuskegee, Alabama June 9, 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 from 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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