• The Kitchen Cabin, Smokehouse and Tobacco Barn in the Distance

    Booker T Washington

    National Monument Virginia

From Slave Cabin to the Hall of Fame

On April 5, 1856, Booker T. Washington was born a slave on the 207-acre farm of James Burroughs. After the Civil War, Washington became the first principal of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial School. Later as an adviser, author and orator, his past would influence his philosophies as the most influential African American of his era. Come explore his birthplace.

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Photo of James and Elizabeth Burroughs

Booker T. Washington was born a slave on the farm of James and Elizabeth Burroughs on April 5, 1856.