Booker T. Washington's Life

By Natalie Winslow

Short Intro

Washington, born April 5, 1856, was a slave. He was born on a large plantation in Virginia, and had a brother (John) and a sister (Amanda). His mother's name was Jane, and his step father's name was Washington Ferguson.

Booker T. Washington's Childhood Experiences

Washington received his first job at age 5; fanning bugs away during meals. When he got older, he was given the task of grinding corn into meal. He and his family were freed in 1865, but they were faced with many difficulties due to the fact that none of them had an education. After Booker's step father found work in Virginia at a salt furnace, they all left for Virginia. While they were there, Booker attended school, and at the place, he gave himself the last name (of) Washington.

Booker T Washington's Most Important Contribution(s) to Society

After the death of Frederick Douglass (1895), Booker T. Washington gave an important speech (September 18, 1895). In that speech, he stated that races could be as "seperate as the fingers" on the hand of all things social, but the races could work together in a time of need (like a war), like a fist. He spoke with the president, and rich business men. He also started the National Negro Business League. He brought attention to racism, and fought for Civil Rights. He died shortly after arriving home when he became ill on his trip to New York (November 15, 1901)

"Lifting the Veil of Ignorance"
A statue created because of his massive influence in 1922. It is located at Tuskeegee University.

Awards and Honors

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