Tag: July 4

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On this day in history — July 4, 1881 — Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, known today as Tuskegee University, in Tuskegee, Alabama, held its first day of class.

Booker T. Washington served as the school’s founding principal and presided over the first day of class– which, due to significant lack of resources, was held in a one-room church. The first official building on campus was erected by Washington and the students themselves, one year later.

Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt joined host Ben Domenech to discuss the recent demands for the destruction of Mount Rushmore National Memorial and his goals for ensuring all Americans can enjoy it and all other federal land.

Bernhardt said that the ability to visit national monuments is irreplaceable, and he believes that most Americans agree that they have beauty and purpose. Therefore, he said, he is always working to ensure that monuments are protected and accessible to everyone.

President Trump made a speech on Independence Day in which he gave a history of each branch of the United States Military, accompanied by a fly over of air craft from each service. While this is a podcast, we also suggest you watch the video of the speech for the visuals of the air craft flying over the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial: