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About Margaret Murray Washington
Margaret Murray Washington (March 9, 1865 - June 26, 1925) was the principal of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, then Tuskegee University. She was the third wife of Booker T. Washington She was inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in 1972.
Called "one of the greatest women of her century," Margaret Murray Washington spoke to national audiences as first president of the National Federation of Colored Women's Clubs. But her greatest service came as a graduate of Fisk University and teacher at Tuskegee, where she founded country schools, taught women how to live and attend to their homes, worked for the improvement of prisons, started the Mt. Meigs school for boys and an industrial school for girls, and constantly worked for the betterment of the poor and neglected.
Born in Macon, Mississippi, married to Booker T. Washington in 1893, she stood steadfastly beside her husband in making his dream of a great institute come true. A woman of great compassion, intelligence and independence of judgment, she became one of the greatest forces at Tuskegee Institute and among African-American leaders and thinkers of the country.