Among many of the inscriptions on the monument and the surrounding structures is this one:
He lifted the veil of ignorance from his people and pointed the way to progress through education and industry
Booker T. Washington was a former slave who became one of the most influential African-Americans of his generation. He was an author, political leader, teacher, and speaker. Washington was determined to secure an education and to teach others. He had clear ideas on how to improve the lives of African-Americans. He believed in accommodating and promoting self-help and manual skills (rather than studying liberal arts), believing they would be less threatening to the white community.