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1 .   April 4, 1872

Isaac Scott Hathaway, renowned sculptor whose famous portraits include Frederick Douglass, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Booker T. Washington, was born on this date in 1872.

2 .   April 5, 1856

Booker T. Washington, educator, was born in Hale's Ford, VA, on this date in 1856. Though born a slave, Washington founded Tuskegee Institute at age 25.

3 .   April 5, 1956

Booker T. Washington, educator and founder of Tuskegee Institute, was commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp on this date in 1956. Washington became the first black person to be honored twice on a postage stamp.

4 .   April 7, 1940

Booker T. Washington, educator and founder of Tuskegee Institute, was commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp on this date in 1940.

5 .   June 24, 1896

Booker T. Washington, educator and founder of Tuskegee Institute, received an honorary degree from Harvard University on this date in 1896.

6 .   July 4, 1881

Tuskegee Institute opened with a student body of 30 on this date in 1881. Booker T. Washington was the school's only teacher.

7 .   August 23, 1900

The National Negro Business League was founded on this date in 1900. Booker T. Washington was elected as the group's first president as he and 400 delegates from 34 states met in Boston, MA.

8 .   September 18, 1895

Booker T. Washington delivered his controversial "Atlanta Compromise" address at the Cotton States Exposition in Atlanta, GA, on this date in 1895. Washington told blacks to accept racism but spend their time working hard and improving themselves.

9 .   September 29, 1942

Hugh Mulzac, the first black captain of a U.S. merchant ship, launched with the Booker T. Washington out of Wilmington, DE, on this date in 1942.

10 .   November 14, 1915

Booker T. Washington, educator and founder of Tuskegee Institute, died in Tuskegee, AL, on this date in 1915.

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