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Description of the Work at the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, Tuskegee Alabama, A
he has hewn his way, a clear-cut, shining path, to the foremost
ranks of leadership.  He owes success to no one but himself; he
had ability and strength within him--the ability that achieves,
the strength that commands conditions.  What was more than
all, he was filled with an iron purpose.
    Tuskegee, the town, lies between Opelika and Montgomery,
in central Alabama.  It is reached by a narrow-gauge road from
Chehaw.  An old, conservative town, Tuskegee stands aloof from
the new enterprises, but one can guess that it looks with curiosity
and interest upon the ambitious proceedings in which it has no
    The Institute is a mile beyond the town.  It stand on an em-
inence from which one looks into broad valleys and off to pine
clad hills.  There is no more beautiful location in America.  The
property comprises 800 acres, campus and farm land.  The build-
ings are conveniently  placed along the prinicipal avenue and upon
roads crossing it.  The larger buildings are of brick the others
frame: all were the work of students-- the architectual design,
the making and laying of brick, the carpentering and much of the
furnishing.  Even the tasteful oak chamber set and writing desks
in the new boarding hall of the senior girls, came from the school
carpenter shop.  Landscape gardening has had attention,  and
trees and shrubbery are growing. which in time, will be effective
lawn decorations.  The roads have been well made and they are
dry and hard at all seasons.  An example of neatness, order, effi-
ciency and taste is everywhere set before the students in the ex-
ternal features of the Institute.  The scope of the work of the
school is broad, the instruction (given invariably by highly qual-
ified colored men or woman) is of unusual  excellence, and the
class room accommodations are good.
    The industrial departments are, without doubt, Tuskegee's
crown and glory. For the visitor to go over the different shops
and listen long to the careful and courteous explanations of the
different directors, means weariness of body but fullness of hope
in the heart.  To see going on this preparation of useful citizens
is an exhilaration.  Everywhere one feels that the aim is for the
very best.
     Yes, the shops are Tuskegee's glory.  The machine shop has
a fine air pump, which was the gift of the Westinghouse Com-
pany, of Philadelphia.  Engines  were shown in working order,
 which were made in every part by the students themselves. A boy
 in this machine shop has real genius.  He  was discovered at the


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