Place Published: Tuskegee
Publisher: Booker T. Washington
Date Published: 1912
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
[Tuskegee, 15 May 1912.] 8.5 x 11 inch Booker T. Washington letter with his signature.
Booker T. Washington, Principal of the Tuskegeee Institute for African Americans, and leading Black rights activist, signed in his hand, only three years prior to his death. He is requesting a contribution of tools for the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, addressed to Mr. J. T. McCready, a manufacturer in Ohio. "We are in need of tools and implements - also for use on our farms... such as you distribute or manufacture... We have nearly sixteen hundred students here. They pay their own board and other personal expenses, but they are not able to pay the cost of teaching or the cost of equipping... Any help... we shall be glad to receive." Single-leaf printed produced by the Strathmore Paper Company from Massachusetts, with watermark reading '[Parch]ment 1911 Strathmore'. Very good condition.
Plus 4 pieces of ephemera, all in fine condition;
1) Of particular interest is a commemorative envelope for opening of the 'Booker T Washington Birthplace Post Office' in 1948, which bears the original signature of his daughter, Portia Washington Pittman, and a rare 3 cent postage First Day Cover (FDC) stamp of George Washington Carver, who taught for forty-seven years at the Tuskegee Institute and was born into slavery. Also with a rubber-stamped cachet reading 'Booker Washington Birthplace VA, Feb. 12, 1948, 5-PM' and with the official 'Opening Day Cancellation' stamp (now known as the first-day-of-issue cancellation).
2 & 3) Two ephemeral prospectus leafs promote the Booker T. Washington. a) Memorial Half Dollar, a legal tender minted in 1915, post mortem in honour of his legacy. The coin read 'From Slave Cabin to Hall of Fame.' Both leafs printed in Virginia, for the 'Booker T. Washington Birthplace Memorial Commission' whose president was S. J. Phillips.
4) A single-leaf pamphlet, possibly printed in conjunction with the previous two items, comprises the Atlanta Exposition Address delivered by Booker T. Washington in Atlanta in 1895.
Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) was born a slave on the tobacco plantation of James Burroughs in Franklin Country, Virginia. His father was an unknown white man and his mother, the slave of James Burroughs. Washington was an educator, author, orator, advisor to Republican presidents. From 1890 to 1915 he was the dominant leader in the African-American community. After the Civil War, he founded the Tuskegee School.
Very Good. Item #4306