Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) Jigsaw Puzzle

Founder of Tuskegee Institute

Booker T. Washington was born into slavery in 1856 but was emancipated after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment of 1865. So poor, Washington worked in salt and coal mines before he was 10 years old. Yearning for an education, at the age of 16 he attended Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia. He walked the 200 miles from Hale's Ford, Virginia to Hampton, Virginia. He paid his tuition and living expenses by working as the janitor at Hampton Institute.

After graduation, he taught school in Hale's Ford and for a short while, at Hampton Institute. Washington worked tirelessly to end segregation, sometimes being at odds with the newly formed NAACP. In 1881 Washington founded Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.

Booker T. Washington...a great Black American.