The Oaks Historical

The Oaks Historical (HM1X8K)

Location: Tuskegee, AL 36088 Macon County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 25.696', W 85° 42.321'

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—Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site —

The actual sight of a first-class house that a Negro has built is ten times more potent than pages of discussion about a house that he ought to build, or perhaps could build. —Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery

The Oaks was the home of Booker T Washington. Twice a widower, Washington lived here with his third wife, Margaret Murray Washington and three children from his earlier marriages. In 1899 Tuskegee students and faculty built the house, designed by school architect Robert R. Taylor using bricks made at the institute.

By that time Washington and his school were well known internationally, and he spent more than half of each year away from home giving speeches and raising funds. Mrs. Washington continued to live at The Oaks after her husband died here November 14, 1915. She died in 1925.

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Booker T. Washington sits outside The Oaks flanked by wife Margaret and daughter Portia and his sons Ernest (left) and Booker T. Jr. Washington's first wife, Fannie Smith, died in 1884, and his second wife, Olivia Davidson, died in 1889.
HM NumberHM1X8K
Placed ByNational Park Service, Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, March 12th, 2017 at 12:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 621719 N 3588644
Decimal Degrees32.42826667, -85.70535000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 25.696', W 85° 42.321'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 25' 41.76" N, 85° 42' 19.26" W
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Area Code(s)334
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 605-1099 W Montgomery Rd, Tuskegee AL 36088, US
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