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The Booker T. Washington Tree was dedicated in 1903 at the urging of Capt. Charles Young.

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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