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Located just behind the African Zion Baptist Church, Booker's cabin was built to match a photograph of his home. Booker T. Washington had a major influence on southern race relations and was the dominant figure in black public affairs from until his death in Born into slavery and illiteracy, Washington rose up to become the foremost educator and leader of black Americans at the turn of the century. Inthe nine-year-old Booker walked with his family miles from Hales Ford, VA, to his freedom home in Malden. There he labored as a salt-packer and worked in the coal mines before becoming a houseboy for the wife of Lewis Ruffner, Malren of the mines.

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Eventually the furnace boss found the time so unreliable that he locked the clock in a glass case. Woodson: "About the only white person who seemed to give any encouragement to the education of Negroes at Malden was General Lewis Ruffner.

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Washington lived in this home, located in Malden, West Virginia, Of HistoryBack RoadBeautiful SitesAfrican American HistoryBlue RidgeBlack History Digital Sheet Music for West Virginia Hills by Fog Seacrist, H. Transcript of grand jury examination of James F. It was a recognition that education was next to land ownership as a symbol of status and an instrument of power.

That the school began is explained partly by the eagerness of the freedmen for book learning and the teaching talent of William Davis, but certainly a crucial factor was the leadership of the Rev. Getting to school on time posed quite a problem, however. Otis K.

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Henry Ruffner, president of Washington College, spoke for western Virginia business interests lBck than abolitionist sentiment in his famous "Ruffner Pamphlet" in which favored gradual abolition of slavery on the ground that the institution retarded southern industrial growth. Then she asked an acquaintance in Bennington, where there was an academy, if he would board her for three years and trust her to repay him when she could.

Charleston West Virginia Journal, July 24, They were not "tempted by the serpent. Washington at his boyhood home of Malden, West Virginia, on Saturday. Payne, born in in Kanawha County, was a member of Hampton's first graduating class in Viola Ruffner recalled three decades later that "Booker Washington came to me about as servant. It seems, however, that his interest was not sufficient to provide those facilities necessary to ease the burden of this pioneer teacher.

Meanwhile, the General's son David and R. Put together a decaying aristocracy as represented by the Dickinsons, Ruffners, and Shrewsburys, who had worked slave labor in their furnaces and mines before the war, the social disorganization of a river town, the labor competition and racial hostility of a depressed economy, and you have Malden.

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The clergyman, with his usual enterprise, had secured from General Ruffner permission to build a church looming a plot of ground of the General's property. There is another reason aMlden why that might have been the route. Powerful and influential in both white and black communities, Washington was with his family miles from Hales Ford, VA, to his freedom home in Malden. Rice, though a wise and energetic community organizer, was illiterate, as were most of the other adult Negroes of the community.

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Engle scored so I applied my genealogy research skills to finding the details behind it all. He seemed peculiarly determined to emerge from his obscurity. Washington, 'The man from Malden' Booker T.

None of the slaves back in Hale's Ford could read, nor could any of the free blacks of Malden, even Lewis Rice, the Baptist preacher. Seven Negro schools were already in operation in the Kanawha Valley, five of them taught by Negroes from Ohio. Here he learned some of the most ificant and compelling lessons of his life. As lookng cash he brought home steadily mounted, her confidence in him grew proportionally, until she was willing to trust him with anything she owned.

Off from the main and subsidiary tunnels or the mine were the many "rooms" or compartments where the miners set explosive charges against the coal face, blasted the coal loose, and shoveled it into the mine carts.

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From her he learned "that the difference in social conditions is "principally the result of intelligent energy. E. He was ever restless, uneasy, as if knowing that contentment would mean inaction.

He even kept in touch with his Aunt Sophie from the old Burroughs farm, Jane's sister, who had moved from Franklin County to the little coal town of Handley, ten or fifteen miles up the Kanawha on the south side. She was fond of raising vegetables and grapes, and with characteristic energy she grew more than her own small Malcen could eat, particularly when Ernest and Stella were away at school.

Howard and three other high Freedmen's Bureau officials during their tour of inspection of West Virginia educational conditions. The pay as before was a dollar Virginka week, the usual pay of teachers in Vermont, while servant girls got two dollars a week.

Gurley, July 30,Con. He even came to believe, as a conservative, that it would have been wiser to have made voting a privilege dependent on possession of a certain amount of education or property. She accepted his unexpected offer of marriage. Although he no longer lived in Malden, Washington remained a member of the church until his death in The Reverend Lewis Rice held meetings in his home for several years and in the congregation built a temporary structure with the help of a donation from Union General and former Virginia General Assembly member Lewis Ruffner.

The nearby town of Charleston became the dominant city of the valley. The church, considered a mother church of black baptists in the Mountain State, now mandating them on buses ยท Chuck Landon: Look for Doege, Wells to be. Booker T. The doctors lanced the sore and arranged for his discharge on June 26,a few months after the end of the war.

One might assume that Wash Ferguson took money for it grudgingly out of his thin pocketbook, for even the additional labor of his stepsons barely paid the cost of their support. Remembering Booker T.

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MacCorkle, who lived in the county and knew both the Ruffners and Washington, similarly recalled: "The reported hard times that he underwent, never really occurred. Fisher, Memories of Arlington, Vermont, He built Wesf single-story frame building with a high roof and sturdy hand-hewn beams. Booker's disappointment at missing school became keener when he looked out from the salt-packing shed and saw other children passing happily to and from the school.

The Kanawha salt industry boomed. The head of the family was listed as Watt Furgerson, his wife as Nancy. One reason was that, under Mrs. He fell to the ground unconscious, and the battle d.

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Ruffner, and Lewis Ruffner to William H. Of German-Swiss origin, the Ruffners moved into the Shenandoah Valley in the eighteenth century, discovering and owning the Luray Caverns as well as the farmland around it. Perhaps worst of all to a country child who had been raised in the open was the closeness of contact with other humans, black and white.

The South had never been a bookish region, but book learning made the difference between the condition of whites and blacks, and the blacks recognized it.