Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site

Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site

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Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site

Alabama

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Overview

Since the beginning of America's existence, education has always been considered as one of the keys to social, political and economical acceptance for African Americans. Tuskegee Normal School was established by the state of Alabama, influenced by a former slave and a former slave owner to educate newly freed people and their children. The Normal school, now the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, became a beacon of hope for African Americans to reach their goal of acceptance. A school since 1881, Booker T. Washington became the first principal, and his legacy has carried on even today.

The Site, located on the campus of present day Tuskegee University, became a part of the National Park System in 1974. Here, you can visit the George C. Carver museum, the "Oaks" or, the home of Booker T. Washington, and visit the historic campus. Educational presentations are available in all three locations. The Carver Museum and the "Oaks" are accessible. Come experience this slice of African American history, and learn about the struggles of equality.

Map of Tuskegee Institute

Latitude, Longitude: 32.430250, -85.707440

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    The George Washington Carver Arts and Crafts Festival: Created in recognition of Dr. Carver's first love, art. This is a day-long festival that encourages artistic expression by means of music, dance, paintings, sculpture, crafts, vendors and other family-oriented activities. To learn more visit www.tuskegeeareachamber.org.

    The George Washington Carver Museum: Exhibits, interpretive programs, a book sales area and two introductory films on George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington are available without prior reservations. These films are 30 minutes in length and shown upon request.

    The "Oaks," Home of Booker T. Washington: Ranger-guided tours of the Oaks, are usually available. Tours of the Oaks begin at the George W. Carver Museum on the campus of Tuskegee University. Call (334) 727-3200 for more information.

    Historic Campus: The Tuskegee University campus has been designated as a Historic District. The tour includes buildings that were built by Tuskegee Institute students and designed by Robert R. Taylor, the first African American graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A map of the District and limited campus tours are available from the Carver Museum.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open daily, 9:00am to 4:30pm. It is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Directions

Driving

From Montgomery, AL take I-85 N and travel approximately 36 miles to exit 32. Exit right onto Pleasant Springs Drive. Travel 4-5 miles following Tuskegee University signs to Franklin Road.Turn left on Franklin Road and travel 4 miles to traffic light. Turn left onto West Montgomery Road, and turn left at the first traffic light into the Tuskegee University campus. The Kellogg Executive Conference Center will be on your right and the George Washington Carver museum is directly behind and to the right of the Kellogg Center. Parking is available in the rear of the Kellogg Center.

From Atlanta, GA take I 85 S and travel approximately 150 miles to exit 32. Exit right onto Pleasant Springs Drive. Turn left over the overpass. Travel 4-5 miles following Tuskegee University signs to Franklin Road. Turn left on Franklin Road and travel 4 miles to traffic light. Turn left onto West Montgomery Road, and turn left at the first traffic light into the Tuskegee University campus. The Kellogg Executive Conference Center will be on your right and the George Washington Carver museum is directly behind and to the right of the Kellogg Center. Parking is available in the rear of the Kellogg Center.

Flying

The nearest commercial airport is in Montgomery, AL.

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