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Lifting the Veil

“A race, like an individual, lifts itself up by lifting others up.” - Booker T. Washington

The monument, designed by sculptor Charles Keck and erected in 1922, depicts Washington lifting the veil of ignorance off his people, symbolized by a terrified slave, by showing them the ways of a better life. The slave crouches on a plow and anvil, representing tools of agriculture and industry, the fields in which Washington chose to educate his people. The slave holds a book that represents that education.

His eyes tell a story. Those of a newly freed slave. The two faces are similar in structure - both are black - but one stands and lifts a veil, while one crouches and gazes out in fear and hope. Once blinded, he can only now see the beginning of the future.

Welcome to Tuskegee, Alabama the "Pride of the Swift Growing South." Tuskegee is a city that bears tremendous significance to America's rich and diverse history. We are the home of Tuskegee University, a school that has been consistently ranked as one of America's best Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Tuskegee is also the home of the legendary heroes of World War Two, the Tuskegee Airmen also known as the Red Tails. George Washington Carver, an early scientific and agricultural pioneer conducted the majority of his research and experiments here in our historic city.

Some of our area attractions are dedicated to preserving our rich history and legacy. While in our city you can visit The Oaks: The historic home of Booker T. Washington. Also while in town you may visit the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site which is a National Park Service facilitated site dedicated to sharing the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen with the world. The campus of Tuskegee University is also the first Black College to be listed as a National Historic Landmark filled with friendly and intellectually exceptional students.

It is our hope that you will visit our city and immerse yourself in the history and the captivating spirit that is alive and well right here in Tuskegee, Alabama!

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