BLACK HISTORY SPOTLIGHT : BOOKER T. WASHINGTON!


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BLACK HISTORY SPOTLIGHT : BOOKER T. WASHINGTON!

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BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE http://leonkwasichronicles.com/2016/03/09/black-history-spotlight-booker-t-washington/

Booker Taliferro Washington, was born in Hale’s Ford, Virginia, somewhere around April 5, 1856. Like most slaves, exact records were not kept on his birth. His mother was an enslaved African-American woman named Jane, who worked on the James Burrough plantation, in southwest, Virginia , the identity of Booker’s father is unknown, but he was believed to be a white man who worked on a nearby plantation.

When Booker was 9, he and his family gained their freedom, in 1865, under the Emancipation Proclamation, when the union troops occupied their region in Virginia.

Booker T. Washington worked several jobs, including working as a coal miner in West Virginia to earn money to pay for school, eventually he would attend Hampton Institute and Wayland seminary.

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In 1881 the Samuel C. Armstrong, the head of Hampton Institute…

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