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Nancy Braye Washington


I learned of our rich history growing up in my hometown of Tuskegee in the ’60s and ’70s. My family came there in the 1870s and were with Booker T. Washington when he founded the college. I went to elementary school on campus and remember my parents going to Montgomery to support the marchers coming from Selma. Sammy Younge, Jr. was a cousin. All throughout school we learned about the Airmen, George Washington Carver, the VA Hospital and knew our neighbors lived African American history throughout their lives. To me the most effective way to teach our history is to actively seek it by allowing our elders to tell the stories of their lives and what they remember from their parents and grandparents.

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