Booker T. Washington dies at Tuskegee Institute and his presidency is succeeded by Robert Russa Moton.
1915 (Nov 14)
Booker T. Washington, the most noted Black American between Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King, Jr., died at Tuskegee Institute. He was succeeded in the presidency by Robert Russa Moton of Hampton Institute. Moton was born in Virginia shortly after the civil war. He was reared as a houseboy on a Virginia plantation, receiving secret instruction from his literate mother. Moton taught at Hampton Institute, his alma mater, before assuming the presidency at Tuskegee. He was one of the members of the committee on the Welfare of Negro Troops sponsored by the Federal Council of Churches during world war I. While continuing Washington's policies and practices at Tuskegee, Moton expanded the academic-classical curriculum at the institution. He also fought the efforts of racists who were attempting to prevent Black control of the Tuskegee Veterans Hospital.