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Andrew Carnegie and Booker T. Washington

Andrew Carnegie and Booker T. Washington
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Frances Benjamin Johnston, 15 Jan 1864 - 16 May 1952
Booker T. Washington, 5 Apr 1856 - 14 Nov 1915
Andrew Carnegie, 25 Nov 1835 - 11 Aug 1919
Gelatin silver print
Image/Sheet: 18.3 x 23.3 cm (7 3/16 x 9 3/16")
Mount: 20.2 x 33 cm (7 15/16 x 13")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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Booker T. Washington and Andrew Carnegie-both seated at center-encapsulate much of nineteenth-century America. Both were self-made men: Carnegie was an immigrant who built a manufacturing empire and amassed enormous wealth; Washington was a former slave who became an African American leader during one of the harshest periods of American race relations. Carnegie determined that the ultimate purpose of wealth was to improve society; Washington founded Tuskegee Institute to enable his people to make economic progress. Carnegie was one of Tuskegee's benefactors. Speaking at the school's twenty-fifth anniversary when this picture was taken, Carnegie praised Washington as the best "climber" the world has ever seen.
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