University’s founders to be remembered on Independence Day


Robin Washington Banks at last year's founding ceremony.

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (June 28, 2013) —To mark the 132nd anniversary of Tuskegee University’s founding, the City of Tuskegee and the university will remember Booker T. Washington and Lewis Adams in two graveside ceremonies.

July 4 at 10 a.m. CST, a wreath will be placed on Washington’s grave to mark Tuskegee’s founding on July 4, 1881. Representatives from the university and the city will give remarks. Rosie Washington, 2012-2013 Miss Booker T. Washington High School, and an incoming Tuskegee freshman will sing and Rev. Charles Michael Adams, one of Lewis Adams’ descendants, will give a prayer.

Afterward, a procession will leave for Ashdale Cemetery, off Notasulga Highway in Tuskegee, to place a wreath on Lewis Adams’ grave. Adams, a former slave turned businessman, first envisioned establishing a school for educating blacks here and later served on the board of commissioners that organized the school.

“This year’s event is a collaborative effort of the Lewis Adams family, the Booker T. Washington family, Tuskegee University, City of Tuskegee, State of Alabama, Friends of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, McKenzie Funeral Home, and our local florists,” said Robin Washington Banks, an alumna and great-granddaughter of Booker T. Washington.

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