Bricks and Peanuts

In 1881, Booker T. Washington arrived in Alabama and started building Tuskegee Institute both in reputation and literally brick by brick.  He recruited the best and the brightest to come and teach here including George Washington Carver who arrived in 1896.  Carver’s innovations in agriculture, especially with peanuts, expanded Tuskegee’s standing throughout the country.  The story continues….


Dr. Carver in his lab

The George Washington Carver Museum

Originally constructed in 1915 as the campus laundry, but dedicated as a museum to Dr. Carver in 1941, this is the place to start your visit.

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Historic Photo of the Oaks

Booker T. Washington’s home – “The Oaks”

Designed by Robert Taylor and built in 1899, this Queen Anne style home provides a window into Washington’s life. Join us on a ranger-guided tour.

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Students walking in front of Tompkins Hall

Tuskegee University Historic District

Buildings erected during Booker T. Washington’s tenure provide a wonderful area to explore part of the campus and admire history still being used.

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