Established by Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee is a private HBCU located in Tuskegee, Alabama. Washington was the first teacher in a “one-room shanty, near Butler Chapel AME Zion Church” with 30 adults in the first class. TU’s predecessor, Negro Normal School in Tuskegee, was the result of an agreement between W.F. Foster (a candidate for the Alabama Senate) and Lewis Adams (a former slave and community leader). In exchange for the Black vote, Adams asked for an educational institution for his people. Washington continued Adams dream and brought Tuskegee into national prominence. The Tuskegee V.A. was the first and only staffed by Black professionals.
Notable Alumni Include: civil rights activist and SNCC member Sammy Younge; singer Lionel Richie; and Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, founder of Voorhees College.