Tuskegee blazes in the nation's eye;
Tuskegee lifts plain labor to the sky;
Tuskegee grounds and towers prosperity.
Tuskegee started as an uncouth name;
Tuskegee stood a race's scorching blame;
Tuskegee leads that race to deathless fame.
Tuskegee sees the merit in a clod;
Tuskegee meets false worth with spur and rod;
Tuskegee lifts the Negro nearer God.
Tuskegee trains the hand to train the head;
Tuskegee lives the laws the ancients read ;
Tuskegee saves the living that are dead.
Tuskegee wins all foemen, one by one;
Tuskegee stars the work that is begun;
Tuskegee's other name is Washington!
Published in Joseph S. Cotter, "A White Song and a Black One" (1909)