Thirty miles south-east of Roanoke, near Hardy Virginia, we stop to explore the Booker T. Washington National Monument. The Booker T Washington National Monument is located on the tobacco plantation where Booker T Washington was born into slavery, on April 5, 1856. From his very meager and miserable beginnings, Booker T Washington became one of the United States? foremost African-American educators, and the founder of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. We are exploring the Booker T Washington National Monument in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Patricia Lawrence meets our guide, National Park Service Ranger Betsy Haynes, at the Visitors Center, overlooking the 207 acre Burroughs plantation. We walk on the Plantation Trail to the reconstructed Slave Cabin, where Booker T Washington was born, and lived the first nine years of his life.