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Members and Volunteers

We are a non-profit organization.  Please choose to help.
We can be reached at for a list of our most needed items or volunteer opportunities.

Memberships run July 1-June 30 yearly.  Your membership allows you a 15% discount on all items in the Visitor Center Gift Shop. Just show your membership card!

Ways You Can Volunteer with the Friends!
Download this form. Complete the boxes where you would like to assist in the Friends Organization and follow directions to either email or snail mail. Thank you.
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2019 Membership Brochure
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Our contributions to the Friends Group helps host and support the following activities at the Park:

  • Annual Legacy Dinner- membership allows  a $5 discount to the annual Legacy dinner- April 18, 2020
  • Two $1000 Scholarships yearly to Franklin County High School Seniors(previous winners: Rowan O Absire-Sims, Ella J. Green, Jordan Law, Malala Penn, 2019: Eboni Hopkins, Daniel Tyree)
  • Living History Guild presentations at JuneteenthHarvest Festival and An Ole Virginia Christmas 
  • Training Events for Volunteers and the Community
  • A Forum for new ideas to help the BTWNM grow in its mission to serve the country as well as promoting the Park
  • Work with Legislators to promote the protection of the Park
  • Rites of Passage Program helping youth build character through education and opportunities in partnership with Good Neighbors.
  • Financial support for Historical research and seminars
  • Educational support for the Junior Park Ranger Program


As a child, Washington cast his bucket into a spring on the Burroughs Plantation so that he could offer as much needed relief to the workers struggling in the tobacco fields. As an adult in his speech at the Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta in 1895, Washington encouraged all Americans to "cast down their buckets" among one another to ensure the prosperity and protection of this country. Understanding that we depend on each other, The Friends of Booker T. Washington National Monument use the bucket to symbolize our efforts to protect and preserve the resources at the National Park and the legacy of Booker T. Washington.


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