Booker T. Washington's plantation birthplace was no Tara

Come to the spartan birthplace of civil rights icon Booker T. Washington to learn about the man who rose up from slavery. Also expect to see a realistic view of a plantation that is a long way from "Gone With the Wind."

Michael Schuman graduated cum laude from Syracuse University in 1975 and received an MFA in professional writing from the University of Southern California in 1977. He lives with his family in New England and can be reached at