Blue Ridge Parkway & Booker T. Washington NM

Trip Start Mar 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 11, 2012

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

August 4 - by Madison

Today we drove to Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. On the way we stopped at Booker T. Washington National Monument.  I learned that Booker was a colored person who was very smart.  He was born a slave, and when he was 9 the Civil War ended so he wasn't a slave anymore.  He wanted an education, so he taught himself how to read and write.  When he was ready to go to college he decided to go to an all-black school called Hampton Institute.  There was only 1 problem with that: he was 500 miles away from the school. He was going to do whatever it took to get into the school, so with a little bit of clothes and money he started walking to the Institute.  He took the train for a while, but then he ran out of money.  He begged people for a short buggy ride, and he did that until he got to Richmond Virginia.   Here he decided that he was going to work for somebody until he had enough money to start going to the Institute.  He went to the Institute with 50 cents, and when he walked into the collage the lady working there told him to clean a room to see if he was able to go to the collage.  He swept the floor 3 times and dusted the room 4, and when the lady walked in she told him that he was able to go to the collage.  When he graduated he was the smartest person in the class, so the teacher asked him to teach at the college.  He did that for a while and he also taught at a school that he built with a bunch of students.  I thought that it was amazing that people can be so smart even though they didn’t have an education when they were little.  We visited the farm that he worked on and then we decided to leave the Monument and continue driving to Shenandoah.  While we were driving we stopped at Blue Ridge Parkway National Park.  Here we got our junior ranger badges and drove 89 miles of the parkway.   During the drive we saw lots of different trees and plants, I didn’t think that the drive was so scenic, but people have different opinions.  When we got to the campground we weren’t allowed to go to the pool since children 12 and up could only go in without a parent (we usually go in, but a lady yelled at us and told us we weren’t allowed) so we played on a playground.  After that we went to bed.  I had an exciting day driving the blue ridge parkway and going to Booker T. Washington house.
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