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Amanda

Washington’s sister.

 

Booker Taliaferro Washington

Washington is the first-person narrator (of this autobiography).

 

Booker Taliaferro Washington

This younger Booker is Washington’s eldest son and second child.

 

Ernest Davidson Washington

This is Washington’s third child.

 

Fannie N. Smith

She is Washington’s first wife and mother of Portia. She also graduated from Hampton Institute and died in 1884.

 

General Samuel C. Armstrong

The General is referred to as one of many significant influences on Washington’s life and was the founder of the Hampton Institute.

 

James

Despite the family’s poverty, James was adopted into the Washington family by Washington’s mother.

 

John

John is Washington’s brother and he helped to support him while he studied at Hampton.

 

Margaret James Murray

She is Washington’s third wife and is a native of Mississippi and a graduate from Fisk University. They married in 1893.

 

Mary F. Mackie

As the head teacher of Hampton Institute, she was a formative influence on Washington.

 

Mother

Washington’s mother is depicted as impoverished, hard working and always supportive of her children. Despite their dire circumstances, she managed to secure a book for her son and gave him her encouragement in his wish to have an education.

 

Olivia A. Davidson

Olivia is Washington’s second wife and mother of Booker and Ernest.

 

Portia M. Washington

She is the only child of Washington and Fannie, and his first. 




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