Cool History - Booker T. Washington in Salt Lake City

Booker T. Washington, born into slavery on a Virginia plantation in 1856, had gone on to a brilliant career in education. As head of what was then the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Alabama, Washington had taken a struggling school with one teacher and fewer than 50 students and transformed it into the world headquarters for black education. Where there was any opportunity for reaching his people, no audience was too remote for his message of advancement.

Not even Salt Lake City, where he spent two days in March 1913, giving five major speeches and meeting with civic leaders privately and in public receptions.

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