Booker Taliaferro Washington was born a slave in April 1856 on the 207-acre farm of James Burroughs. After the Civil War, Washington became the 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. Booker T. Washington National Monument is a place where people visit and come to remember and reflect on this time in American history.
The park's interpretive goals are described in the Park's interpretive plans and include the following: To preserve and protect the birth site of Booker T. Washington, its cultural landscape and view shed; to memorialize and interpret Booker T. Washington's life, historical contributions, accomplishments, and significant role in American history; to provide a focal point for continuing discussions about the legacy of Booker T. Washington and the evolving context of race in American society; and to provide a resource to educate the public on the life and achievements of Booker T. Washington.