Historic Markers Across Alabama

Lifting the Veil of Ignorance

Marker ID:  
Location: 1 Booker T Washington Boulevard, Tuskegee Institute, AL
County: Macon
Coordinates: N 32° 25.81    W 085° 42.452
  32.43016666    -85.70753333
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


Lifting the Veil of Ignorance

In this sculpture by Charles Keck, Booker T. Washington lifts the veil of ignorance from the face of a former slave. The open book, plow, and anvil symbolize Washington's guiding principles of opening the path to education through agriculture and industry.

Besides commemorating Washington's accomplishments, the monument marks a new era for the institute under Robert R. Moton, who was president from 1915 to 1935. Moton raised $250,000 to build the memorial as part of a campaign to strengthen the school's endowment.

[Photo caption]
From laying out the site to installing and
unveiling the statue in 1922, the monument
was a project of pride for students, faculty,
and friends of the institute.

National Park Service, Department of the Interior.


More information:
Tuskegee University - Tuskegee University
Wikipedia - George Washington Carver
Wikipedia - Booker T. Washington
Wikipedia - Tuskegee University

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