Newspaper Reports on the Death of Dr Booker T. Washington – Black Leader, Educator and Writer

Posted on November 14th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

The educator and Head of Tuskegee College, Dr Booker T. Washington, died on 14 November 1915, aged only 59.

Born into slavery in Virginia in 1856, Washington was the leading figure in the campaign (from 1890 to 1915) to gain civil rights for the African-American community. In particular, he represented those blacks in the former Confederacy who had been disenfranchised by legislature in the southern states, and whose lives had also been affected by the ‘Jim Crow Laws’.

To commemorate his life and achievements, we’ve posted two stories from the Archive which offer an excellent summary and overview of his life as a black leader and educator.

newspaper story about Booker T Washington

Lichfield Mercury – Friday 19 November 1915

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newspaper story about Booker T Washington

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser – Tuesday 16 November 1915

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newspaper story about Booker T Washington

Newcastle Journal – Wednesday 17 November 1915

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