The Burnt Place Historical

The Burnt Place Historical (HM1X8C)

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

N 32° 25.674', W 85° 42.212'

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—Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site —

At the time we occupied the place there were standing upon it a cabin, formerly used as the dining room, an old kitchen, a stable, and an old hen-house. Within a few weeks we had all of these structures in use.
  —Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery

You are standing at The Burnt Place, the heart of Tuskegee Institute. Soon after arriving in Tuskegee in 1881, Booker T. Washington purchased an abandoned 100-acre plantation that was called The Burnt Place because the main house had been burned during the Civil War.

Washington bought the property for $500 and made his first payment with $250 he borrowed from the personal savings of J. F. B. Marshall, treasurer of Hampton Institute, a Virginia school for blacks that Washington had attended.

[Photo captions]
{Top right}: General Samuel C. Armstrong, the founder of Hampton Institute, recommended Washington
as the first principal, or president, of the Tuskegee Normal School for Colored Teachers, later known as Tuskegee Institute.

{Main photo}: Only a few buildings stood on The Burnt Place when Washington moved the school here from its temporary quarters in an abandoned church and shanty in the town of Tuskegee. The precise location of the original buildings is not known.
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HM NumberHM1X8C
Placed ByNational Park Service, Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at 9:01pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 621890 N 3588606
Decimal Degrees32.42790000, -85.70353333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 25.674', W 85° 42.212'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 25' 40.44" N, 85° 42' 12.72" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)334
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near University Ave, Tuskegee AL 36088, US
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