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[Return address: If not delivered in ten days, return to PRINCIPAL, TUSKEGEE INSTITUTE, TUSKEGEE, ALA,] [Round Postmark: TUSKEGEE 2 ALA] [Purple Columbus Postage Stamp: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA POSTAGE TWO CENTS LANDING OF COLUMBUS]
Mrs. Sarah W. Whitney, [deletion: 92 Mt Vernon St.] [written in pencil: Charlesgate] Boston, Mass.
[Round Postmark: BOSTON, MASS. FEB 4 12-PM 1894]
[Second Round Postmark: BACK BAY, BOSTON, MASS. FEB 5 9-AM 1894 ]
[letterhead, left: BOOKER T. WASHINGTON, PRINCIPAL.]
[letterhead, right: WARREN LOGAN, TREASURER.]
[letterhead, centered: Tuskegee Normal & Industrial Institute]
[letterhead, centered: (INCORPORPATED.)]
[letterhead, centered: For Training Colored Young Men and Women.]
Tuskegee, Ala., Feb. 2, 94,
Mrs. Sarah W. Whitney,
92 Mt Vernon St.
This is the season when for several years you have been kind enough to send us $50 pay for the education of one of our students for a year.
We have been rather pushed for funds this year and if you can see your way clear to help again it will be very encouraging, especially at this time.
The enclosed circular gives
Booker T. Washington, Prin.
Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute,
FOR TRAINING COLORED YOUTH.
ORGANIZED JULY 4TH, 1881. REGULARLY INCORPORATED
Number of Students 611--Girls 250--Boys 361.
MR. GEO. W. CAMPBELL, Tuskegee, Ala.
MR. LEWIS ADAMS, Tuskegee, Ala.
GEN. O. O. HOWARD, Governor's Island, N. Y.
MR. S. Q. HALE, Tuskegee, Ala.
MR. BOOKER T. WASHINGTON, Tuskegee, Ala.
REV. GEORGE LEONARD CHANEY, Atlanta, Ga.
REV. R. C. BEDFORD, Rockton, Ill.
MR. WARREN LOGAN, Tuskegee, Ala.
DR. C. N. DORSETTE, Montgomery, Ala.
REV. GEORGE A. GORDON, D. D., Boston, Mass.
REV. CHARLES F. DOLE, Boston , Mass.
MR. STEPHEN CHILDS, Marion, Ala.
There is a majority of no denomination on the Board of Trustees. The Institution is wholly undenominational.
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON, Principal, Tuskegee, Ala.
WARREN LOGAN, Treasurer, Tuskegee, Ala.
[Left page] [Centered:] Growth and Needs.
The growth of the school in the 12 years of its existence, has been rapid and of a substantial character.
Starting 12 years ago, with one teacher and 30 students, the school now has 611 students and 41 officers and teachers in all the departments.
With the growth of the school, there has come an increase in the expenses. To meet these expenses, the institution depends largely on its friends to aid in the form of the whole or a portion of a scholarship. The students are charged $8.00 per month for board--about one-half of this they pay in cash and work out the remainder--but the $50 a year--the cost of teaching, the students are wholly unable to pay.
The cost of tuition of 611 students for a year at $50 each is $30,550. The cost of 155 is provided for as follows:
State Annual Appropriation.......................................................$3,000
From "John F. Slate Fund" (Pledged for this year only)............$4,000
From Peabody Educational Fund .............................................. 500
From Women's Home Missionary Association through A. M. A ..........298
For the remaining 456 students whose tuition no provision is made, the school asks scholarships or donations of $50 each, or any portion of this amount. Without these scholarships, the school will be forced to turn away a large number of poor, but worthy students who cannot pay for their teaching.
Aid may be sent at any time to the Treasurer, WARREN LOGAN, or
Principal, BOOKER T. WASHINGTON,
From Gen. S. C. Armstrong, late Principal of the Hampton (Va.) Institute.
"The Normal and Industrial Institute with its six hundred students, $185,000 worth of land and buildings, 41 teachers, 15 of whom are graduates of Hampton, and an annual expense of $60,000, so far secured, is a wonderful growth, about equal to that of this school in the same period, and is, I think, the noblest and grandest work of any colored man in the land. What compares with it in genuine value and power of good? Is is on the Hampton plan, combining labor and study, commands high respect from both races, flies no denominational flag, but is thoroughly and earnestly Christian: is out of debt well managed and organized.
I earnestly hope that it will have some fixed factors in its annual support--contributions that may be annually expected form year to year thus helping Mr. Washington, whose time and strength are now too heavily taxed, such a man deserves cordial assistance. Going from door to door is wearing work. Should not good people consider that he is made of flesh and blood, and unite to see him through, and fix forever a great light in the "black belt" of Alabama."
S. C. ARMSTRONG.
From a White Democratic paper printed at Tuskegee.
"Of all the schools for the education of the colored people in Alabama, the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial School stands at the head, and this is due to the excellent management and sound judgement of the Principal, to whom cannot be accorded too much praise by his race."
From Rev. Grindall Reynolds, of Boston, Mass.
"It gives me great pleasure to recommend the school at Tuskegee, Ala. This school is situated in a region where there is especial need of such an institution. It has been established and placed on a firm foundation by the exertion of the colored people themselves. Its principal, Booker T. Washington, is a colored man, a graduate of Hampton, has proven himself to be a person of great organizing and educational power, and has secured the confidence of the best white people of the country and state. His assistant teachers are also colored, and the larger part graduates like himself of Hampton." (OVER)
From Rev. Geo. A. Gordon, D. D., Pastor of Old South church, Boston, Mass.
"The Tuskegee school is a second Hampton Institute, which is very highly praised indeed. Booker T. Washington, its head, is a remarkable man and is conducting a remarkable work. No school in the country, no mission or patriotic work of any kind has stronger claims upon the gratitude and generosity of our people."
[illustration of Phelps Hall]
[caption: PHELPS HALL--Sample of building built by students.]
FORM OF BEQUEST.
I give and devise to the Trustees of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute at Tuskegee, Alabama, the sum of ........................... d llars, payable &c. &c. &c.
Washington, Booker T. and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee, Alabama, to Sarah Whitney, Boston, Massachusetts, 1894 February 2" (1894). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 916.