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It sounded like a fair arrangement, and in this way, 16-year-old Washington became Hampton’s janitor. ” Booker T. Washington stayed at Hampton Institute for three years. q 30 30/12/04 15:05 Page 30 BOOKER T. WASHINGTON At the age of 16, Washington decided he wanted to attend Hampton Institute in Virginia, and he was so committed to this idea that he traveled much of the 200 miles from his hometown to the school by foot, with little money for food or lodging. This photograph shows Washington around the time he enrolled at Hampton.

Who looked with some disfavour upon the project. q 46 15/12/04 15:55 Page 46 BOOKER T. WASHINGTON To alleviate potential hostility, Washington did everything he could to cultivate the goodwill of the Tuskegeans. During his first week in town, he became acquainted with as many people as possible—farmers, businessmen, ministers, schoolteachers, bankers, and physicians. Everywhere he went, he greeted the locals with a handshake and a smile. ” Shortly after his arrival, Washington learned that there were two black churches in town, one Methodist, the other Baptist.

Q 15/12/04 15:55 Page 45 Tuskegee providing a proper education. ” Washington would not admit defeat. Once again, Washington’s resourcefulness overcame his sense of disappointment. He was determined to take what he was given, and turn it into a great opportunity. Originally, he had planned to open his school in early July, and he was determined to keep to that plan. On June 28, four days after his arrival, he sent a letter to Hampton Institute, requesting whatever books and supplies the school could spare.

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