July 4

July 4, 1881 – Tuskegee University Founded By Booker T. Washington

Booker T Washington portrait

Booker T. Washington

On July 4, 1881 Booker T. Washington founded Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute (now Tuskegee University) located in Tuskegee, Alabama.  The school was led by a young 25 year old Washington who guided the new students in building a school to provide educators for training African Americans throughout the south.