Historic Markers Across Alabama

Up From Slavery

Marker ID:  
Location: University Avenue, Tuskegee Institute, AL
County: Macon
Coordinates: N 32° 25.654    W 085° 42.194
  32.42756666    -85.70323333
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


Up From Slavery
Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site

I determined when quite a small child . . . I would in some way get enough education to enable me to read common books and newspapers.

—Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery
Booker T. Washington changed the name of this building about 1903 from Science Hall to Thrasher Hall as a tribute to Max Bennett Thrasher's assistance in publishing Up From Slavery. Thrasher reviewed and edited the manuscript that Washington wrote in his spare time "on board trains or at hotels or railroad stations."

In his autobiography, Washington tells of his rise from bondage to become an internationally known educator and spokesman for African Americans. The book, first published in 1901, is required reading for Tuskegee students and recommended for others interested in black history and civil rights.

[Photo Captions]
{Top Right}: By the eve of the twentieth century, Washington was regarded as a powerful orator as he promoted economic and educational development as the answer to social inequality. The 1895 speech at the Atlanta Cotton Exposition and his autobiography Up From Slavery turned him into a major public figure.

{Main Photo}: For many years, starting in 1893, students attended science classes in this building.

National Park Service, Department of the Interior.


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

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