April 7, 1940, the Post Office released a 10-cent
stamp featuring Booker T. Washington, American author, educator, orator and
adviser to presidents. Washington was born a slave on April 5, 1856, on the
207-acre farm of James Burroughs in Virginia. He died in 1915 in Tuskegee,
Alabama. He was the founder of the Tuskegee Institute, a black school that was established
to train teachers.