Up from Slavery
We can clearly see from this quote that Mr. Washington’s mother was a woman of faith; one who prayed consistently believing that one day her family would be free from the bondage of slavery. In 1863 her prayers were answered when President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed slaves who were under the confederacy. This must have been the greatest day in the lives of so many slaves – it was an opportunity to move from slavery to a more desirable way of living. After being released through the Emancipation Proclamation and working in a coal-mine, Mr. Washington heard two other miners discussing a topic that was of great interest to him – an opportunity to learn a trade or industry at Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute in Virginia. This school was specifically for blacks who were poor, but who could work out the cost of board for learning a trade or industry at this institution.
“I resolved at once to go to that school, although I had no idea where it was, or how many miles away, or how I was going to reach it; I remembered only that I was on fire constantly with one ambition, and that was to go to Hampton. This thought was with me day and night” (Booker T. Washington, 587).
Before making his journey to Hampton Mr. Washington decided to work for General