Booker T. Washington, 1856 - 1915 American educator, author, orator and political leader. He was the dominant figure in the African American community in the US from 1890 to 1915, representative of the last generation of black Americans born in slavery, who rose to influence all those who knew him and of him, through his "Tuskegee Machine". For his contributions to American society, Booker T. Washington was granted an honorary master's degree from Harvard and doctorate from Dartmouth College. As the guest of President Teddy Roosevelt, he was the first African American invited to The White House, the first depicted on a national postage stamp, followed by a Liberty Ship in his name, and the Booker T. Washington National Monument. At the center of the campus at Tuskegee University, where he served as President, the Booker T. Washington Monument, called "Lifting the Veil," was dedicated in 1922. The inscription reads: "He lifted the veil of ignorance from his people and pointed the way to progress through education and industry." This letter, dated April 13, 1901, addressed to Mrs. Grenadine Thomson and is on Tuskegee Normal And Industrial Institute letterhead. It is entirely in his hand and signed by him.