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Sampler: Tuskegee Institute


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Tuskegee Institute
Tuskegee Institute

America's higher-education community includes several thousand colleges and universities of various types. Tuskegee Institute is one of many that were established to educate African-American students. It opened in 1881 under the direction of Booker T. Washington and gained particular fame as a result of its principal agronomy instructor, George Washington Carver. The fire insurance map of Tuskegee illustrated here depicts the college in 1929, by which time it had expanded from its initial single building to a complex of academic, administration, housing, and support buildings.

The map reflects the substantial nature of the college at that time. Nealry all major buildings are brick, as indicated by the pink color, and some are quite large. This particular sheet is drawn at the scale of 1 inch to 100 feet, which was usually employed only where there was little development. Thompkins Hall, for instance, measures nearly 225 feet by 175 feet, and White Memorial Building is approximately 200 feet long. The note about the school that is found above the name indicates that there were fourteen hundred students at the time. The large number of dormitories probably indicates that many students came from beyond the immediate.

Fire insurance maps reveal details about the buildings in which institutions were housed provide insight the communities in which they were situated.

Gary L. Fitzpatrick


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