Courses/Lectures

Each of the 34 courses available can be enrolled in individually, or in packages.  Each course is an approximately 1-hour session that consists of the opportunity for the students to interact with the associated artifacts, and a discussion exercise tailored for your specific class in accordance with your teacher's curriculum/recommendations.  If the Course List below doesn’t fit your needs, we can work together to develop the presentation you desire – from control of the discussion topics to selection of items to be presented.

Booker T. Washington: Lifting the Veil

After Frederick Douglass, no one Black figure was as influential politically and culturally as Booker T. Washington.  To tell his story from childhood slavery to the highest social and political circles and his impact on Black education and cultural development we have several first edition copies of his books, along with a letter written by Washington himself, newspaper articles and other items from the period

 

Artifacts: Eight (8) different Booker T. Washington first edition books, signed letter, portrait, newspaper articles and 1905 photo postcard, other relevant items.

Fundraising Advertisement for Tuskegee Institute, circa 1910-1920 - The crowning achievement of Booker T. Washington's life as an educator and leading political figure was the founding and development of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.  Washington's tireless efforts not only helped found Tuskegee Institute, but ensured its continued growth.  With his work, the Tuskegee campus grew almost exponentially, and upon his death his legacy and image continued to be used to promote this effort.  Tuskegee Institute, now Tuskegee University, is still in existence today in large part thanks to the groundwork laid by Booker T.  The advertisement above, comes from the time following his death, as Tuskegee tried to build on his efforts under its second head, Dr. Robert R. Moton.

Letter Signed by Booker T. Washington, March 23, 1911 -  On Sunday, March 18, 1911, Booker T. Washington was attacked by Robert Ulrich while in New York working for the advancement of Tuskegee Institute.  The attack left Washington severely injured, requiring him to be hospitalized.  He received thousands of letters and telegrams offering support and well wishes - to which he attempted to reply in kind.  The letter above is one such response from Washington only a few days after the attack, on March 23, 1911.

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