TLS, one page, 8.25 x 10.75, Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute letterhead, December 8, 1899. Letter to Rev. Geo. L. Chaney, in part: “You will be glad to know that as a result of the meeting held in Madison Square Garden Concert Hall last Monday night in New York that a lady in the West, through Mr. Cleveland, has subscribed $25,000 towards our endowment fund on condition that we can raise the whole endowment to $500,000. Yesterday Mr. and Mrs. Collis P. Huntington agreed to give $50,000 for our endowment fund. Other smaller gifts have also been made towards this fund within the last few days.” Double-matted and framed with a bust-length photo of Washington to an overall size of 20.5 x 17.5. In fine condition, with intersecting folds and some minor spots of foxing. It took Washington 20 years to accrue nearly $300,000 to purchase the land and equipment for his Tuskegee Normal School, but only one amazing evening at Madison Square Garden, highlighted by the participation of wealthy philanthropists like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and former president Grover Cleveland, to attain the permanent endowment fund necessary towards defining the legacy of Tuskegee University. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
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