Booker T. Washington quote on going to school


“I had no schooling whatever while I was a slave, though I remember on several occasions I went as far as the schoolhouse door with one of my young mistresses to carry her books. The picture of several dozen boys and girls in a schoolroom engaged in study made a deep impression upon me, and I had the feeling that to get into a schoolhouse and study in this way would be about the same as getting into paradise.”

– Booker T. Washington

Black-and-white portrait of Booker T. Washington sitting with his body slightly turned to the right. He is wearing a formal three-piece suit with a vest, white shirt, and bow tie. His expression is serious and contemplative, and he looks directly at the camera with clear eyes. The background is plain and dark, focusing all attention on his visage and attire.
Booker T. Washington

“Booker T. Washington quote on going to school” sources:

Johnston, Frances Benjamin, photographer. Booker T. Washington, half-length portrait, seated. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>. / Washington, Booker T. Up from Slavery.


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