Booker T Washington

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Booker T Washington opened the Tuskegee Negro Normal Institute on the 4th July 1888. The school originally a shanty building that was owned by a local church. The school recieved minimal funding, only enough to pay the staff. Eventually Washington was able to purchase land on the outskirts of Tuskegee to build the school he wanted.

Tuskegee focused on more practical skills, rather than those of academic studies, They did teach academic studies, but emphasised on a practical education.

Southern whites who had previously been against the education supported Washington's ideas as they saw it as a way for the African American community accepting social and economic inferiority. This resulted in white businessmen such as Andrew Carnegie and Collis Huntington donating large sums of money to his school. Some…

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