Finally had a chance to visit Tuskegee, Alabama and the historic Tuskegee (Institute) University. I must say that the university is certainly the jewel of the town. Just curious, where do most of the university professors reside?
I was pleased with the exterior appearance as I approached the campus. After driving through the town it was good to an oasis amidst an area that appeared to have not seen much progress. This was frustrating after driving through Auburn first, another example of our country’s ugly racial past of discrimination and injustice. Tuskegee University is defiantly a private HBCU, by that I mean there are areas of campus that need some attention. The pristine landscape is not consistent throughout the campus, there are a few abandon buildings (what’s going on in the Physical Plant area of the yard), and the stadium area is less than desirable. You got to believe that if the school had a few more pennies those problems would be an easy fix for a school with such history. However, it is obvious Tuskegee is not a struggling HBCU and there are several signs of hope. There are several modern facilities along with some older ones that have been nicely remodeled. The closed campus with the iron fencing going around the campus is a detail that adds a polish touch. And I loved seeing Black employees all over the place. Customer service was on point and everyone including the housekeepers and landscaping guys look professional and like they cared.
I would love to see the campus when students are there. I’m sure that would make a difference. However, it must be difficult to recruit students to the area. What is the demographic breakdown of the student body, where do most students come from? The trip was a quick day trip from Atlanta for but I am glad to scratch that along with The Coop, that’s a whole ‘nother story, off my bucket list. May TU continue to prosper.