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Three Influential African American Architects You Should Know About

The Oaks, Booker T. Washington's home at the Tuskegee Institute, was designed by Robert R. Taylor and built in 1899.

The first African-American architect to graduate from MIT and the country’s first academically trained black architect, Robert R. Taylor was truly groundbreaking. Born in North Carolina in 1868, he learned carpentry and construction from his father, a former slave, and worked as a construction foreman before enrolling in MIT. After graduating in 1892, he was recruited by Booker T. Washington to work at the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama, where he spent nearly four decades.

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