BOOKER T. WASHINGTON
In partnership with the National Park Service, The Friends support Booker T. Washington National Monument and its mission to preserve and protect the birth site and childhood home of Booker T. Washington and promote public awareness and appreciation for his legacy.
In January 2008, the Booker T. Washington National Monument superintendent asked a group of passionate volunteers to share more of their time and talent to form The Friends of Booker T. Washington National Monument in order to support the national monument in areas that it could not do itself because of staffing shortages or federal laws which place restrictions on monument personnel. The Friends, unencumbered by these regulations , were sought to provide support particularly in the way of additional programming, community outreach, advocacy and financial assistance. With much excitement and willingness to serve, twelve volunteers met in February 2008 to start organizing and planning the Friends organization. Since that time, via a formal cooperative agreement, the Friends have grown into the monument's primary partner that supplements its overall well being. In addition to other volunteer time, Friends implemented 2 primary annual programs to raise funds and awareness for the park.
The main goal of Friends of Booker T. Washington National Monument is to create a sense of community in the neighborhoods where people live and work. We hope that an increased sense of community will lead to more personal involvement and more cultural, educational and social activities, which will create a better community and a better place for us to live.