President William McKinley visits the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.
1898 (Dec 16)
Upon visiting Alabama's Tuskegee Institute, President William McKinley paid tribute to the institution's successes and to its founder, Booker T. Washington. The students and faculty welcomed the presidential party with a display of floats that illustrated the phases of the school and its teachings throughout its seventeen years of existence. In his speech, McKinley said, "An evidence of the soundness of the purposes of this institution is that those in charge of its management evidently don't believe in attempting the unattainable, and their instruction in self-reliance and practical industry is most valuable."