This National Monument is dedicated to Booker T Washington’s birthplace. On April 5, 1856, Booker T. Washington was born a slave on the 207-arce farm of James Burroughs. After the Civil War, Washington became founder and first principal of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial School. Later as an adviser, author, and orator, his past would influence his philosophies as the most influential African American of his era.
This park commemorates Booker T Washington’s life and work. In 1957 this National Monument was founded. Reconstructed farm buildings, most of the Burroughs’ original 207 acres, and demonstrations of farm life in pre-Civil War Virginia help create the setting of Washington's childhood.
If You Go
Begin your tour with the slide show and exhibits at the visitor center. Then take a self-guided tour along the Plantation Trail through the historic section of the park.