Black American educator; founded the Tuskegee Institute for practical training of blacks in trades and professions in 1881.
Autograph Letter Signed Booker T Washington, one page, large quarto, Tuskegee, Alabama, March 13, 1897. On imprinted stationery of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, to a supporter, Ella Kent in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Booker T Washington, the most prominent African-American leader of his day, summarizes his philosophy of self-help: “The barrel of clothing sent by yourself and sisters to Tuskegee is most helpful, I assure you. We use such gifts in a way to teach our students how to help themselves, the greatest lesson I learned from that great man, Gen. S. C. Armstrong was the one of self help and it is the foundation of all our work at Tuskegee and is to be the foundation on which the race is to rise to independence.”
Matted in cream and navy with a bust-length portrait of Booker T Washington. In an antiqued silver gilt frame measuring 20 1/2 inches wide by 17 3/8 inches high.
This item is associated with the following category in our inventory:
- Black History
- Literature – American