Talk:Tuskegee University

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Electric light[edit]

When was the photograph taken? People (especially rural southern Negroes) used kerosene lamps until the middle of the twentieth century. Something is amiss. The photograph appears to be one taken in the twentieth-century. Why is the photograph left undated and unidentified?

The photograph dates from 1902, as the caption now indicates. Tuskegee Institute had some amenities that were not available to most rural households in the South until the New Deal era or later. — ℜob C. alias ÀLAROB 14:05, 3 November 2011 (UTC)


I suggest that the list of all of the presidents of TU be added to the page: Drs. Robert Russa Moton (1915-1935), Frederick Douglass Patterson (1935-1953), Luther Hilton Foster (1953-1981) and during the current administration of Dr. Benjamin Franklin Payton , who assumed responsibility as fifth president of the University on August 1, 1981.

I agree especially since TU has only had 5 presidents in its 126 year existence ;-)LivelyIvy1908 17:08, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment[edit]

Shouldn't the syphilis experiment be mentioned in this article, since the university's hospital carried it out?—Preceding unsigned comment added by Pcman101 (talkcontribs) 22:25, 4 August 2007

I linked the phrase "Syphilis Study" to the proper article. It's a start! Lusanaherandraton (talk) 04:02, 16 May 2008 (UTC)

The Tuskegee syphilis experiment was carried out by employees of the U.S. Public Health Service, using the John A. Andrew Memorial Hospital on Tuskegee's campus to interact with their subjects. It's inaccurate to say it was carried out by the university hospital or university staff, as they were not aware that the doctors were lying to the subjects about treating their "bad blood." A link from here to the proper article is appropriate, as has also been done for the article Tuskegee, Alabama. — ℜob C. alias ÀLAROB 14:14, 3 November 2011 (UTC)

Notable List[edit]

Clean up and added wiki linksMuJami (talk) 21:00, 15 May 2010 (UTC)Mujami

Washington's leadership[edit]

Some of this material seems more appropriate for the article on Washington himself than on the school - it does not tell enough about Washington's leadership at the school: number of students each decades, growth in programs offered, capital programs, etc. at the time of his death, although it does mention the endowment. His private funding of litigation to challenge laws is interesting, but I'm not sure it belongs here. There could also be more context on the social/economic situation of the South against what critics had to say about Washington - was he accommodating or realistic?Parkwells (talk) 00:36, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

As well, the info on Washington and the school’s early days is written in a breathless, hero-worshipping style that is inappropriate to an encyclopedia. It also makes unsupportable assertions about Washington's intentions and state of mind. This kind of writing does not reflect well on a subject, and Tuskegee deserves better. — ℜob C. alias ᴀʟᴀʀoʙ 21:10, 24 June 2011 (UTC)

Inappropriate tone of History section[edit]

Expanding on comments on the "Washington's leadership" section (above): The History section of this article is padded with sonorous but insubstantial phrases, assertions about the superlative virtues of Tuskegee Institute founders, unverifiable speculations about the intentions and feelings of said founders, and other defects. The effect (to this reader) is actually to trivialize the history of a very significant institution. I'm going to start revising, but the job could use several interested editors. — ℜob C. alias ᴀʟᴀʀoʙ 21:24, 24 June 2011 (UTC)

In researching source material for the school's history, I found another concern: Some of the language in this article is identical to language in a document available from the Tuskegee University Archives website (or at While the document is publicly available, there is nothing to indicate that it is OK to quote it without attribution! This adds some urgency to rewriting the history sections of this article. — ℜob C. alias ᴀʟᴀʀoʙ 21:53, 6 July 2011 (UTC)

First graduate programs[edit]

Article implies that the Institute expanded to graduate-level education after World War 2, when in fact the first graduate programs began in 1943. I know for certain that mathematics was one of the departments which began graduate instruction in 1943, though I do not know which others.Keshik (talk) 18:28, 7 March 2012 (UTC)

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Notable Alumna?[edit]

Hi all! I stumbled upon Carolyn Brooks as an WP:Orphaned article in microbiology. The page notes that she is a graduate of Tuskegee University. Is she sufficiently notable to include on the list of notable alumni here? I did see another microbiology professor on the list, but I figured I'd mention it here for more experienced eyes. Let me know what you think! Thanks! Happy editing. Ajpolino (talk) 03:34, 1 May 2016 (UTC)