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About BTW: Honors & Tributes



Honorary Degree - Harvard College

Jun 1896 1st "Master of Arts" by any leading American University to honor a Black American

Honorary Doctorate - Dartmouth College

Sep 1901 Doctor of Laws (L.L.D.): "leader of a race out of childhood into manhood"

New York Times Obituary     - Booker T. Washington

Nov 15 1915 - Front Page

From Madame C. J. Walker      (to M.M. Washington)

Nov 1915 - Garrison, MT - "...the greatest man America ever knew..."

Funeral of Booker T. Washington

Nov 1915 - as told by Isaac Fisher

Tribute from Grenada - British West Indies

Dec 1915 (reputedly read at BTW's funeral) ... "He came nearer to that principle - "Love thine enemies" - than any man I have ever known."

Tribute from former President Roosevelt

Aug 1916 "...Booker T. Washington was a great American... one of the most distinguished of American citizens of any race in the world..."

Monument: "Lifting the Veil of Ignorance"      (by Sculptor Charles Keck)

1922 Famous Statue depicting Booker T. Washington..."He lifted the Veil Of Ignorance from his people and pointed the way to progress through education and industry"

Through the Eyes of History      (by Rachel Davis)

2003 ? A thoughtful essay on Tuskegee's famous statue and monument to Booker T. Washington.
(Note: A similar statue is on display in Atlanta, GA.)

Tribute from Adam Clayton Powell, Sr.

1938 "...the greatest Negro ever produced in America."

The 1940 Booker T. Washington Famous American Educator Stamp

1940 The best selling 10¢ stamp of the USPS's Famous American Series.

The Ballad of Booker T.     by Langston Hughes

1941 A Tribute to Booker T. by the Harlem Renaissance Poet

The  S.S.  Booker T. Washington

1942 A World War II US Merchant Marine Liberty Ship to honor Booker T.

The Hall of Fame for Great Americans

1945 Established by New York University in 1901. Designed and limited to 103 famous Americans. Booker T. was the 73rd inductee.

The Booker T. Washington Commemorative Half  Dollar

1946 A genuine U.S. coin authorized by Congress and minted from 1946 to 1951.

The Alabama Hall of Fame

1955 Inducted in 1955.

The 1956 Booker T. Washington Centennial Birthday Stamp

1956 Depicting the log cabin in which he was born in Franklin County, Virginia.

The Points of Light Volunteer Pathway     - Washington DC

2005 Established by the Points of Light Foundation