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Great Philanthropists

Marker ID:  
Location: University Avenue, Tuskegee Institute, AL
County: Macon
Coordinates: N 32° 25.732    W 085° 42.32
  32.42886666    -85.70533333
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


Great Philanthropists
Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site

I will be very glad to pay the bills for the library building . . . and I am glad of this opportunity to show the interest I have in your noble work.
—Andrew Carnegie

Carnegie Hall is named for Andrew Carnegie, one of many benefactors of Tuskegee Institute. In its early years the school received only enough state funds to pay for teacher salaries but no funds to construct buildings. As a result Booker T. Washington devoted much of his time traveling across the country raising funds.

Buildings in the historic district that are named for philanthropists, their family members, or other honorees include Rockefeller, Huntington, Milbank, Dorothy, Porter, Phelps, Tantum, Tompkins, Emery, and White.

[Photo captions]
{Top Right}: Washington (center front) meets with some of the school's key supporters, including (back row left) Charles W. Eliot president of Harvard University, and (back row right) Hollis B. Frissell, principal of Hampton Institute.

{Main Photo}: Carnegie Hall served as the school's library from 1901 to 1932. George Washington Carver also taught Bible classes here, and W. E. B. DuBois taught summer school here in 1903.

National Park Service, Department of the Interior.


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

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