Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain)
Author Mark Twain shared the Carnegie Hall stage with African American crusader Booker T. Washington in a sold-out benefit in 1906 for the Tuskegee Institute, which was celebrating its 25th anniversary that year.
A host of prominent New Yorkers, including John D. Rockefeller, attended the event. When Joseph H. Choate—a celebrated lawyer and former ambassador to Great Britain—introduced Twain, the crowd burst into three minutes of applause. In a typically witty, timely address, Twain held forth on his own lax work ethic, Christian charity, and tax dodgers.
Mark Twain became a great admirer of Booker T. Washington, donating funds to the Tuskegee Institute, and was generally a supporter of other progressive causes.
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Mark Twain at Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall’s performance history database covers more than 50,000 concerts and events that occurred at Carnegie Hall from its opening in 1891 to the present. Explore events related to Mark Twain (these links will open in a new tab with the performance history search tools):
- First Appearance: Meeting: New York Women’s Press Club, October 27, 1900
- Final Appearance: Lecture: Mark Twain / Benefit: Robert Fulton Memorial Association, April 19, 1906