BOOKER TALIAFERRO WASHINGTON (April 5, 1856-November 14, 1915) was from the last generation of African Americans born into slavery and became a leading force for helping former slaves and their descendants. Washington was a key proponent of African American businesses. His base was the Tuskegee Institute, a college for African Americans in Alabama. He developed a superb skillset at raising money, networking, and designing strategy to improve the lives of African Americans.
One-page, 6 x 9 ½, ALS, Boston, Nov. 22, 1893, on Crawford House Boston stationary, to Miss Abbott. “I am very sorry that an engagement will prevent my attending your meeting tonight as I had planned and hoped but Mr. Hamilton will fill my place well…At some other time, I hope to visit your club.
“Booker T. Washington”
Folds, light toning. Fold split repair on verso. Unusual to find Booker T. Washington letters written entirely in his hand. Most are secretarially written with his signature.
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