Frequently Asked Questions
What did Booker T. Washington have to do with the peanuts?
Booker T. Washington hired George Washington Carver to teach agriculture at Tuskegee Institute in 1896. During Carver's nearly 50 year tenure at Tuskegee Institute he created numerous products from peanuts and other plants. He made the peanut a cash crop for the south in areas that had suffered from depleted soil nutrients due to the cultivation of cotton.
How did Booker T. Washington's owners treat him? Were they cruel?
When did Washington own this property?
Dr. Washington never owned any of the former Burroughs Plantation. After leaving here a freed man in the fall of 1865, he returned only once in 1908. He stood on the front porch of the former big house and discussed his life to a large group of spectators including some people he had known in the area as a child.
Did You Know?
The "T" in Booker T. Washington's name stands for Taliaferro. Booker found out later in life his mother had given him this as a last name but he did not describe why. He made it his middle name.