Booker T. Washington Letter
Booker T. Washington Letter, exhibited at Los Angeles Central Library

Twenty-five miles southeast of Roanoke is where you can find the Booker T. Washington National Monument. It includes a trail that takes you along reconstructions of 19th century buildings, a farm area, a garden area, and a place to picnic. (The population of nearby Roanoke is approximately 97,000.)

Booker T. Washington, an author, presidential and political advisor, and educator, made a lasting mark on history when he published his book, Up from Slavery, which is a must-read for anyone interested in a first-hand account of one man’s journey from slavery to stature. Read it and discover why the number 18 was life-changing for him. Find details about his life here: https://www.biography.com/activist/booker-t-washington.

You can read more about this author in our West Virginia and Massachusetts sections.

The Booker T. Washington National Monument is the first stop on our Virginia Trail!

Patricia Smart