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Booker T. Washington National Monument, VA

About Booker T. Washington National MonumentBooker T. Washington National Monument is 30 miles southeast of Roanoke via US 220 south to Rocky Mount, then north on SR 122. The 239-acre site commemorates Booker T. Washington's first 9 years in slavery by re-creating the environment of his childhood at Burroughs Plantation.

Freed at the end of the Civil War, Booker T. Washington rose from his impoverished childhood to gain international recognition as an educator, advisor to President Theodore Roosevelt, author and orator. He graduated from Hampton Institute in 1875 and received honorary degrees from Harvard University and Dartmouth College. In 1881, the African-American leader became the first principal of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Alabama; Washington headed the school until his death in 1915.

A visitor center offers both permanent and traveling exhibits and a 15-minute video presentation about Washington's life. Crops, farm animals and re-creations of 19th-century buildings can be seen from the quarter-mile Plantation Trail. The Jack-O-Lantern Heritage Trail passes through fields and forests. Tours, special events and educational programs are offered. Picnic facilities are available. Allow 1 hour minimum. Daily 9-5. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Free. Phone (540) 721-2094.

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Booker T. Washington National Monument, VA

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