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Name calling: The Booker T. Washington Tree was dedicated
in 1903 at the urging of Capt. Charles Young. It was named after
the former slave (1856-1915) who educated himself under extreme
hardship and became an educator himself as well as an author and
leader of African Americans during an era of legalized oppression.
The National Park Service also manages the Booker T. Washington
National Monument in Hardy, Va. The Booker T. Washington Tree slipped
into obscurity during most of the 20th century, but was relocated
in June 2001. It was rededicated August 23, 2003 during the Col.
Charles Young Centennial Celebration.
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