This historic college for African Americans is also the final resting place for pioneering staff members Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver. In 1881, a 25-year-old Washington moved to an abandoned plantation in Alabama to found the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute with a $2,000 appropriation from the state. From its initial enrollment of 30 students, Tuskegee has grown and continues to be an active and prominent university today.
Historic campus, George Washington Carver Museum, Tuskegee Chapel, The Oaks
Since only eight of the 58 acres dedicated to this National Historic Site are owned by the National Park Service (NPS) on this active college campus, it behooves you to call ahead to schedule your visit. Guided tours are available of the university and The Oaks, the historic Washington family home that was built by students. At least make sure the excellent George Washington Carver Museum is open when you visit. At the beginning of World War II, the school was selected to train African-American pilots, which is detailed at the nearby Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, also managed by the NPS.
The sculpture of Booker T. Washington lifting the veil of ignorance from a slave was completed by Charles Keck in 1922.
Spring and fall
All roads are paved, but there is limited parking on campus for tourists.
Chewacla State Park is located northeast of town and primitive camping is allowed in Tuskegee National Forest (the smallest U.S. National Forest at 11,252 acres).
Booker T. Washington National Monument (Virginia)
George Washington Carver National Monument (Missouri)
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site (Alabama)
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