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Tuskegee Institute

Tuskegee, Alabama
County of Macon.
One mile northeast of tuskegee,just north of U.S. Highway 80
National Register Number: 66000151
Resource type: District.
Property type: Educational facility - related. The threat level was Threatened in
Congressional District: AL-3 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: University.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - June 23, 1965):
Perhaps the best-known Black university in the country, Tuskegee was founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), a man who had been born and reared a slave. With a curriculum designed to provide industrial and vocational education for Blacks, Tuskegee became the core and symbol of its founder's efforts to ameliorate the economic conditions of the African-American and improve his way of life. Tuskegee is most noted for its contributions in the field of agricultural research; in 1896, Dr. George Washington Carver (1864-1943) became head of its Agriculture Department.

The historic campus of 50 acres contains 25 significant buildings. The majority of the structures are owned by Tuskegee University. Several of the structures that the university owns have been renovated, and these efforts often did not meet the standards for rehabilitation set forth by the NPS. Additionally, some structures have been demolished, i.e. a Diary Farm (demolished 2008) and Huntington Hall 1899, which burned down in the 1990s. The historic landscape of the campus has also changed with the addition of a brick and cast iron fence. The facilities owned by NPS, the Booker T. Washington Home (currently being rehabbed by NPS) and the George Washington Carver home, are in good condition.

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