Today in Black History: July 4, 1881

Tuskegee Institute
Today, in 1881, Booker T. Washington opened Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama. Washington was in shock when he arrived to Tuskegee. Washington revealed that, “before going to Tuskegee, I had expected to find there a building and all the necessary apparatus ready for me to begin teaching. I found nothing of the kind. I did find, though, hundreds of hungry, earnest souls who wanted to secure knowledge.”The roof was so leaky a student had hold an umbrella over him as Washington taught the class.

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