Mrs. Booker T. Washington [Margaret James Murray Washington], head-and-shoulders portrait facing right, c. 1917, photograph by Cornelius M. Battey, Tuskegee Institute Alabama.
Battey (1873 – 1927) was a well-known portrait artist with studios in New York and Cleveland. At forty-seven, Battey was hired as the head of Tuskegee Institute’s school’s photography department. The position was funded with money donated by Kodak founder George Eastman. While in Alabama, Battey photographed luminaries such as Dr. Du Bois, Frederick Douglass, and Booker T. Washington.