"Education is only valuable in proportion as it is used. Booker T. Washington." With these fWith these few words, Washington states his view of the practical purpose of education for Black students framed as “industrial education.” Washington led the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute from 1881 when he was 25 until his death in 1895, the year he penned this statement. He has written this note on the upper portion of a sheet of stationery from the Tuskegee Institute. The bottom portion has been removed along the horizontal mailing fold below his signature. The page measures 8 ¼ x 5 inches. Condition: two vertical mailing folds and mounting traces on the back from prior mounting in the professor's album, otherwise in fine condition. Provenance: This quotation originally comes from a large collection of letters, notes, and signatures assembled by a professor of penmanship at the State Normal School at Emporia, Kansas, now Emporia State University, who had his students write to prominent men and women to request a handwritten letter expressing a reminiscence, a favorite sentiment, or a word of advice. www.schulsonautographs,com.