This Day in Black History: Nov. 14, 1915

Booker T. Washington dies at the age of 59.

Booker T. Washington, educator, author, reformer and founder of what is now Tuskegee University, died in Tuskegee, Alabama, at the age of 59. Washington is a representative of the last generation of Black leaders born into slavery. He famously called for Blacks in the post-Reconstruction-era south — most of whom who were illiterate farm workers — to pour their efforts into their industrial and farming skills in order to attain economic security, with hopes that would gradually bring harmony between Blacks and the white community.

(Photo: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.)

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