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Description of the Work at the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, Tuskegee Alabama, A
			
tation for the colored people of the South.  Booker Washington
does not stop with his work for the youth of his race.  He believes
that there are possibilities in the grown men and women, that are
now lying dormant from the lack of proper knowledge and power.
With the idea of awakening these possibilities and also with the
desire to learn more of the needs of his people, he called a Farm-
ers' Conference six years ago, which has now become an estab-
lished feature of Tuskegee, and a source of wisdom and light and
energy and independence to all the counties round about, and in-
directly to various regions of other States.   It has, in fact, be-
come an extended organization of Farmers' meetings, without any
constitution or cumbersome rules.  The minor conferences are all
outgrowths of the original one at Tuskegee, and delegates attend
its annual February meeting to report progress, compare notes
and carry away inspiration.
     In connection with the farmers' meetings, which fill the first
day, is the Workers' Conference of the second day.  These latter
meetings bring to Tuskegee a large number of philanthropists,
college presidents and proffessors, school teachers, pastors and
journalists, all classes composed of both white and colored.
They mostly represent the Southern States; but a few come from
the North.   They all plan to be on the ground in time for the
first days meetings, and, although they do not take part in the
discussions, their presence and sympathetic attention add zest to
the occasion.
     The Farmers' Conference is held in the pavilion, a large, un-
painted, one-story building, erected to accommodate the crowds
of the annual commencements.
     Along the front, outside of the buildings, are planted palmet-
toes and yuccas.  Within the unfinished rafters are decorated
with tilandsia and palmetto leaves, the Stars and Stripes hang
from every possible point; the pillows are wound with red bunting
and flags, and fancy chinese lanterns swing above the platform.
Above, where all can see, are large portraits of Frederick Doug-
lass, Gen. Armstrong, former President of Hampton,  and a very
poor one of Booker Washington himself.  Upon the large platform
are placed chairs for visitors and the Tuskegee faculty.  The rest
of the house is filled with seats of plain boards, as closely as they
can be placed.  Only  the aisles are floored; under the seats the
ground has a thick layer of sawdust.  The seats during the Con-
ference are packed with people;  men occupying the middle and
one side section, and women the side section remaining.  Men,
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