Birth of Trades Program Historical

Birth of Trades Program Historical (HM1X92)

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

N 32° 25.627', W 85° 42.165'

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—Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site —

We shall prosper . . . as we learn to dignify and glorify labor and put brains and skills into the common occupations of life. —Booker T. Washington

Tuskegee Institute's vocational training program began in this building in 1890 when Lewis Adams, former slave, moved his tinsmith shop here from the town of Tuskegee. Adams taught students how to make kitchen utensils and roofing materials.

Soon students were making bricks, nails, furniture plows and other products. Adams remained in charge of the trades program until he died in 1903. Today this is the oldest building on the campus and the home of the Tuskegee University Band.

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{Main Photo}: Lewis Adams, second from right, teaches students how to make weathervanes and household items in the tinsmith shop.

{Top Right}: Students practice their shoemaking skills.
HM NumberHM1X92
Placed ByThe National Park Service, Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, March 12th, 2017 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 621965 N 3588520
Decimal Degrees32.42711667, -85.70275000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 25.627', W 85° 42.165'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 25' 37.62" N, 85° 42' 9.9" W
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Area Code(s)334
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Lewis Adams St, Tuskegee AL 36088, US
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