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On November 14, 1915, one of the most prolific educators and political leaders in U.S. history, Booker T. Washington, died in Tuskegee, Alabama.

Washington fell ill while in New York City, and was brought to his home in Tuskegee, where he died at the age of 59. He was buried on the campus of Tuskegee University near the University Chapel.

His death was believed at the time to have been a result of congestive heart failure, but in more recent years, examiners discovered he died of hypertension.


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