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Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington
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Cast after
Richmond Barthé, 28 Jan 1901 - 6 Mar 1989
Modern Art Foundry
Booker T. Washington, 5 Apr 1856 - 14 Nov 1915
1946 (cast 1973)
With Socle: 80 x 63.5 x 34.3cm (31 1/2 x 25 x 13 1/2")
Costume\Dress Accessory\Neckwear\Tie\Bowtie
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Booker T. Washington: Male
Booker T. Washington: Literature\Writer
Booker T. Washington: Education and Scholarship\Educator
Booker T. Washington: Education and Scholarship\Educator\Lecturer
Booker T. Washington: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Social reformer
Booker T. Washington: Education and Scholarship\Educator\Teacher
Booker T. Washington: Education and Scholarship\Administrator\Educational organization
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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Born Hale’s Ford, Virginia
Booker T. Washington was born enslaved on a small farm in Virginia. After emancipation in 1865, he worked in coal mines at night and attended school during the day. At age sixteen, he enrolled at the Hampton Institute, which emphasized the skilled trades alongside teacher training for its Black and Native American students. In 1881, after teaching for several years, Washington was appointed director of what became the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama. There he established a curriculum of science and manual arts to cultivate Black excellence and further economic and social advancement.
Nacido en Hale’s Ford, Virginia
Booker T. Washington nació esclavizado en una pequeña granja en Virginia. Después de la emancipación en 1865, trabajaba en las minas de carbón por la noche y asistía a la escuela por el día. A los 16 años se matriculó en el Instituto de Hampton, que enfatizaba la educación vocacional y docente para sus estudiantes afroamericanos e indígenas. En 1881, después de trabajar como maestro varios años, Washington fue nombrado director del que luego sería el Instituto Normal e Industrial de Tuskegee, Alabama. Allí estableció un currículo de ciencias y artes manuales para cultivar la excelencia de las personas negras y fomentar su progreso económico y social.
Cast by NPG 1973 from the 1946 original at the Hall of Fame of Great Americans, Bronx, NY
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Out of Many: Portraits from 1600 to 1900
On View
NPG, East Gallery 141