This 1946 Half-Dollar honors Booker T. Washington, an African American educator and activist. It is legal tender currency and was minted in 70 years ago. The coin is in fine condition with a nice luster.
Mint: San Francisco
Denomination: Half-Dollar (50 cents)
The Half-Dollar was designed by the African American sculptor, Isaac Scott Hathaway. On the reverse side is the legend: “From Slave Cabin to Hall of Fame.” Below the words, he depicted a slave cabin and the New York City Hall of Fame colonnade. Booker T. Washington was admitted into the Hall of Fame for Great Americans. The President invited him to the White House, and he likewise received the President at the Tuskegee Institute in 1905. The Institute was founded on July 4, 1881 in Alabama for the education of African Americans, and he led the school for 30 years. His autobiography, Up From Slavery, was published in 1901, becoming a bestseller.
1946-S Booker T. Washington Half-Dollar
Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: San Francisco
Obverse Designer: Isaac Scott Hathaway
Reverse Designer: Isaac Scott Hathaway
The coin can be yours for $50.00, providing a fine addition to any collection of U.S. Silver Coins.
Life of Booker T. Washington
Educator Booker T. Washington was one of the foremost African-American leaders of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, founding the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, now known as Tuskegee University.
Born in Virginia in the mid-to-late 1850s, Booker T. Washington put himself through school and became a teacher. In 1881, he founded the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Alabama (now known as Tuskegee University), which grew immensely and focused on training African Americans in agricultural pursuits. A political adviser and writer, Washington clashed with intellectual W.E.B. Du Bois over the best avenues for racial uplift.
Booker T. Washington graduated from Hampton in 1875 with high marks. In the 1880s he be4gan teaching at the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute (now known as Tuskegee University). Washington put much of himself into the school’s curriculum, stressing the virtues of patience, enterprise, and thrift. He taught that economic success for African Americans would be achieved through education. Under his leadership, Tuskegee became a leading school in the country. At his death, it had more than 100 well-equipped buildings, 1,500 students, a 200-member faculty teaching 38 trades and professions, and a nearly $2 million endowment. Many high schools in the U.S. bear his name.
“Booker T. Washington High School” refers to several schools in the United States named after the African-American education pioneer Booker T. Washington:
Booker T. Washington Magnet High School in Montgomery, Alabama
Booker T. Washington High School (Tuskegee, Alabama) in Tuskegee, Alabama
Booker T. Washington High School (Miami, Florida) in Miami, Florida
Booker T. Washington High School (Pensacola, Florida) in Pensacola, Florida
Booker T. Washington High School (Atlanta, Georgia) in Atlanta, Georgia, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Fulton County, Georgia
Booker T. Washington Public Charter School (Washington, D.C.) in Washington, D.C.
Booker T. Washington High School (Shreveport, Louisiana) in Shreveport, Louisiana, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Caddo Parish, Louisiana
Booker T. Washington High School (Tulsa, Oklahoma) in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Booker T. Washington High School (Columbia, South Carolina) in Columbia, South Carolina
Booker T. Washington High School (Memphis, Tennessee) in Memphis, Tennessee
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas
Booker T. Washington High School (Houston, Texas) in Houston, Texas
Booker T. Washington High School (Norfolk, Virginia) in Norfolk, Virginia
Booker T. Washington High School (London, West Virginia), listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Kanawha County, West Virginia