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Booker T. Washington was born a slave in Hale's Ford, Virginia, reportedly on April 5, 1856. He was part of the very last generation of black American leaders born into slavery. After emancipation, his family was so poverty stricken that he worked in salt furnaces and coal mines beginning at age nine. Always an intelligent and curious child, he yearned for an education and was frustrated when he could not receive good schooling locally. At 16 years old, his parents allowed him to quit work to attend school. He attended the Hampton Institute in Virginia and paid his tuition and board there by working as the janitor.
Dedicating himself to the idea that education would raise his people to equality in this country, Washington became a teacher. He first taught in his hometown, then at the Hampton Institute, and then in 1881, he founded the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama. As head of the Institute, he traveled the country unceasingly to raise funds from blacks and whites both; soon he became a well-known speaker.
Over time, Washington became the leading voice of former slaves and their descendants. Although slavery ended during his lifetime, Booker T. Washington saw new oppression in the South with disenfranchisement and Jim Crow laws, so he worked to fight that post-Reconstruction oppression in former slaveholding states. Washington called for black progress through education and entrepreneurship, choosing a famous “go slow” approach to challenging white oppression in order to meet less backlash. Though some disagreed with Washington’s approach, he is remembered by history as a prominent and incredibly influential figure in black history.
An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes Famous People collection of quality costume clothing, this children’s Booker T. Washington black history costume is authentic to the 1800s and the attire won by the former slave turned philosopher himself. You’ll look just like Washington when you don this historically accurate costume set. To capture Booker T. Washington’s attire accurately, this costume includes a long, fully lined black 19th century frock coat, a pair of black uniform pants, and a large black bow tie.
This high-quality Booker T. Washington costume can be used for historical school events, play, or simply a fun day of pretending to be the 19th century author, educator, and presidential advisor. Made with pride and care right in the United States, this kids’ Booker T. Washington costume is built to last.
Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Capture this moment in time with our line of Heritage Costumes.
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