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Booker T. Washington

Letter Signed - 1901

Letter Signed on the stationery of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama. Handwritten by a secretary and signed by Booker T. Washington, the letter is dated February 12, 1901, to Mrs. M.E. Clark of Boston, Massachusetts; in full:

Dear Mrs. Clark:

Please accept my thanks for your kind favor of a few days ago, enclosing contribution of Two Dollars. I beg to enclose herewith our Treasurer's receipt for the amount and assure you that we shall find it most helpful and valuable as a part of our General Expense Fund to which it has been applied.

The work of the school is progressing most satisfactorily and we look for this year to be the most successful of any in the history of the school.

Your kindly interest very greatly helps and cheers us I assure you.

Thanking you again for your kindness, I am,

Yours very truly,
Booker T. Washington. Principal.

Over 100 years old, this letter is in extremely fine condition, with minor toning on the reverse side at the folds. Previously folded three times, presumably to fit an envelope, the document has evidently been laid flat for most of its life, accounting for its fine condition.

As this is currently unframed, also included is a beautiful photograph of Booker T. Washington, pensively seated with a magazine in his lap, dated 1903—about the same time he wrote this letter—from the archives of the Library of Congress. Measuring approximately 5x7, this fine image has been exquisitely reproduced on Hahnemühle Smooth Fine Art paper using specialty pigment inks designed to resist fading up to 200 years, and would make an excellent enhancement to an archivally framed presentation.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) was an American educator, author and leader of the African American community. He was freed from slavery as a child, gained an education, and as a young man was appointed to lead a teachers' college for blacks. From this position of leadership he rose into a nationally prominent role as spokesman for African Americans.


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