Friends of Booker T.  Washington National Monument   

Booker Taliaferro Washington


American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Washington  was a dominant leader in the early twentieth century. 


The Booker T. Washington National Monument hosts the site Booker called home as a young boy from 1856-1865. A replica of the farm where he lived comes alive for you to visit. Before Malden, before Hampton, before Tuskegee, start his journey at the National Park Service Monument dedicated to his first nine years!

The mission of the Friends of Booker T. Washington is to support the preservation of the Booker T. Washington National Monument through volunteerism, financial support, advocacy and increased community involvement. To promote public awareness and appreciation of the legacy of Booker T. Washington.


Members :::: Volunteers

Legacy Dinner
April 17, 2021
 Kite Festival 

May 15, 2021 10-4



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The Friends of Booker T. Washington National Monument encourage you to spend time learning about Booker's early days on the Burroughs' Farm with his mom Jane, brother John and sister Amanda. Wander inside his replicated house, smokehouse and tobacco barn, enjoy living history reenactments, view the movie MEASURE OF A MAN about his life, converse with knowledgable Park Rangers, hike the park trails, call on the live farm animals, explore the gardens, picnic on site and shop in the gift store. Your contributions of time and curiosity boost the passion we have for keeping this treasure a lively and interactive experience. A favorite activity is hearing Booker's actual voice giving a speech. Is it as you imagined?


We invite children to complete the scavenger hunt and become a Junior Ranger! Parents may try their hand too!

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