Alabama 4-H Wall of Fame

Thomas M. Campbell Sr.

Inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame in 2002

Thomas Monroe Campbell* is a legendary figure in the nation’s Extension history. Through study, hard work, and perseverance, the sharecropper’s son earned his degree at Tuskegee, and, in 1906, was America’s first black Cooperative Extension agent, serving Macon County.

After 12 years in Macon County, he was appointed field agent in Extension with USDA, located at Tuskegee Institute. He served as a leader in Extension until he retired in 1953, after 47 years of Extension work.