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Margaret Murray Washington

1875 - 1949

Throughout her life, Margaret Murray Washington worked to expand opportunities for African Americans and women through education. While serving as the dean of women for Tuskegee Institute, she met and married Tuskegee’s president, Booker T. Washington, whose later fame increased her influence. Margaret Murray Washington founded the Tuskegee Women’s Club, which encouraged community activism through workshops and lectures. She later served as president of both the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs and the International Council of Women of the Darker Races. Through these organizations, Washington advocated for specialized industrial education for African American women in college and pushed for the inclusion of African American history in school curricula.


Alabama Department of Archives and History

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