Tuskegee Chapel Historical

Tuskegee Chapel Historical (HM1W2E)

Location: Tuskegee, AL 36088 Macon County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 25.833', W 85° 42.433'

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. . . I always make it a rule to read a chapter [in the Bible] or a portion of a chapter in the morning, before beginning the work of the day.
—Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery

The chapel, designed by Paul Rudolph and former Tuskegee Institute professors John Welch and Louis Fry, is known architecturally for its lack of right angles and its astonishing acoustics. Built in 1969, it replaced architect Robert R. Taylor's original chapel, built in 1896-98 with 1,200,000 bricks made and laid by Tuskegee students.

Religion has always played a major role in the life of the school. For many years students were required to attend daily vesper services and two Sunday services. In the chapel they also attended major cultural events, such as concerts by W. C. Handy, John Philip Sousa, and Duke Ellington and speeches by Mary McLeod Bethune, Martin Luther King, Jr., and four U.S. Presidents.

[Photo captions]
Top right: The present-day chapel contains
reproductions of the original chapel's
stained glass "Singing Windows" that
portray Negro spirituals.

Main photo: The original chapel, which stood on this
site, was the first building in the county
to have electric lights. It was struck by
lightning and destroyed by fire in 1957.
HM NumberHM1W2E
Placed ByThe National Park Service, Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees32.43055000, -85.70721667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 25.833', W 85° 42.433'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 25' 49.98" N, 85° 42' 25.98" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1 Booker T Washington Blvd, Tuskegee AL 36088, US
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