Historic Markers Across Alabama

The Oaks

Marker ID:  
Location: 905 West Montgomery Road, Tuskegee, AL
County: Macon
Coordinates: N 32° 25.696    W 085° 42.321
  32.42826666    -85.70535
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


The Oaks
Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site

The actual sight of a first-class house that a Negro has built is ten times more potent than pages of discussion about a house that he ought to build, or perhaps could build.
—Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery

The Oaks was the home of Booker T Washington. Twice a widower, Washington lived here with his third wife, Margaret Murray Washington and three children from his earlier marriages. In 1899 Tuskegee students and faculty built the house, designed by school architect Robert R. Taylor using bricks made at the institute.

By that time Washington and his school were well known internationally, and he spent more than half of each year away from home giving speeches and raising funds. Mrs. Washington continued to live at The Oaks after her husband died here November 14, 1915. She died in 1925.

[Photo caption]
Booker T. Washington sits outside The Oaks flanked by wife Margaret and daughter Portia and his sons Ernest (left) and Booker T. Jr. Washington's first wife, Fannie Smith, died in 1884, and his second wife, Olivia Davidson, died in 1889.

Erected by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.


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

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