Booker T. Washington was born a slave on the nearby Burroughs plantation on April 5, 1856. He was graduated from Hampton Institute in 1875 where he became an instructor. Because of his achievements as an educator, he was selected to establish a normal school for blacks in Alabama which later became the Tuskegee Institute. Recognized as an orator and author of Up From Slavery, he exerted great influence both in the Republican party and as a humanitarian for the benefit of his fellow blacks. He died November 14, 1915.
Geographic Location: Franklin County
Physical Description of Location: Westlake Corner, VA 24121. Located on Booker T. Washington Hwy (Rt. 122), 0.25 miles east of the intersection of Booker T. Washington Hwy (Rt. 122) and Lost Mountain Road (Rt. 636). Marker is on the left when traveling east on Booker T. Washington Hwy (Rt. 122).
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