By William Benson
Columnist 

Tuskegee University

 

October 13, 2021

Tuskegee University is a “private, historically black, land-grant university” in east central Alabama, with an endowment of $129 million, as of 2019. That same year 2,876 students were enrolled, and of those, 2,379 were black. Of the 560 degrees offered in 2019, women received 358, men 202.

The school began with an agreement made in 1880, between a former Confederate Colonel, W. F. Foster, who was running for Alabama’s Senate, and a local black leader, Lewis Adams. 

Foster asked Adams to try to persuade black voters to vote for him, on a promise that he would urge the state to build...



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