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An important new book on alumnus Robert Taylor

The nation’s first professionally trained African-American architect
Richly illustrated, with a foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the book tells the story of how a black boy born in North Carolina shortly after the Civil War earned a professional architecture degree at MIT.
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Richly illustrated, with a foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the book tells the story of how a black boy born in North Carolina shortly after the Civil War earned a professional architecture degree at MIT.

Architecture alumnus Robert R. Taylor (1892), the nation’s first professionally trained African-American architect and the first African-American graduate of MIT, is the subject of an important new monograph from New South Books, released in January.

Researched and written by architectural historian Ellen Weiss, professor emerita at Tulane University’s School of Architecture and Planning, Robert R. Taylor and Tuskegee interweaves Taylor’s life with his life’s work — the campus of Booker T. Washington’s Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Alabama.

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