Today in Black History – George Washington Carver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 12, 1864 George Washington Carver, scientist, botanist, educator, and inventor, was born enslaved in Diamond, Missouri. Carver and his family were freed after slavery was abolished. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1894 and his Master of Science degree in 1896 from Iowa State Agricultural College where he was the first black student and later the first black faculty member. In 1896, he accepted the position to lead the Agricultural Department at Tuskegee University and remained there for 47 years. During that time, Carver devoted himself to the research and promotion of alternative crops to cotton, including peanuts and sweet potatoes. He also created approximately 100 products made from peanuts that were useful for the house. In 1923, Carver received the NAACP Spingarn Medal. Carver died January 5, 1943 and on his grave is written, “He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world.   Read More here…

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