Go deeper into the history of each park with scholarly articles and essays from Oxford University Press, freely available for the centennial year.
African American Studies Center
From nondescript beginnings, Tuskegee Institute, now known as Tuskegee University, emerged from the nineteenth century as one of the nation's premier historically black colleges and universities. Founded as a normal school for black teachers, Tuskegee is located in Macon County, Alabama, one of the state's poorest counties with an African American population of 85 percent.
Booker T. Washington: The Wizard of TuskegeeLouis R. Harlan
Booker T. Washington was the most powerful black American of his time, and here he is captured at his zenith. Harlan reveals Washington's complex personality--in sharp contrast to his public demeanor, he was a ruthless power broker whose nod or frown could determine the careers of blacks in politics, education, and business.