Historic Markers Across Alabama

Dining and Social Center

Marker ID:  
Location: University Avenue, Tuskegee Institute, AL
County: Macon
Coordinates: N 32° 25.771    W 085° 42.289
  32.42951666    -85.70481666
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


Dining and Social Center
Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site

The young women all seated first, and then the young men march in. But no conversation is allowed until . . . a simple grace is chanted by the chorus of a thousand voices.
—Booker T. Washington, The Working Hands

Gold-domed Tompkins Hall, one of the grandest buildings on campus, serves as the school's dining and social center. Since 1910 students have gathered here to attend concerts, dances, and meetings of clubs and other organizations.

During World War II the facility housed a recreation room and entertainment area for enlisted men, including the famed Tuskegee Airmen. In the 1960s Tompkins Hall became focal point for student civil rights activities.

[Photo captions]
{Top Right}: Air cadets attend a Tompkins Hall party.

{Main Photo}: Early students learned about nutrition and etiquette at the dining hall.

National Park Service, Department of the Interior.


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

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