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George Washington Carver

  • Carver's Parents

    Moses Carver, was a German American immigrant, who had purchased George's parents, Mary and Giles, from William P. McGinnis for $700.
  • Birth

    Birth
    Carver's actual date of birth is unknown but it is thought to be in January or June of 1864. He was born into slavery.
  • High School Graduation

    High School Graduation
    He graduated from Minneapolis High School in Minneapolis, Kansas. He was then accepted into an all-white college but was later rejected when administration found out he was an African American.
  • Bachelor's Degree

    Bachelor's Degree
    Carver became the first African American to earn a Bachelor's of Science degree from the Iowa State Agricultural School.
  • Masters Degree

    Masters Degree
    Carver earned his Masters of Agriculture Degree at Tuskegee University in Alabama.
  • Jesup Wagon

    Jesup Wagon
    The Jesup Wagon was a mobile classroom that allowed Carver to teach farmers and sharecroppers how to grow crops, such as sweet potatoes, peanuts, soybeans and pecans.
  • Endless Possibilities

    Endless Possibilities
    The United Peanut Associations of America invited Carver to speak at their 1920 convention. He discussed "The Possibilities of the Peanut" and exhibited 145 peanut products.
  • Tariff protection

    Tariff protection
    Carver appeared before the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of the peanut industry, which was seeking tariff protection. He then became known as “The Peanut Man.”
  • Film of Carver

    Film of Carver
    A film of Carver shot in 1937 at the Tuskegee Institute by African American surgeon Allen Alexander was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 2019. It includes 12 minutes of footage of Carver in his apartment, office and laboratory, as well as images of him tending flowers and displaying his paintings.
  • Death

    Death
    He was 78 years old when he died.
  • George Washington Carver National Monument

    George Washington Carver National Monument
    George Washington Carver National Monument is a unit of the National Park Service in Newton County, Missouri. It was the first national monument dedicated to an African American and first to a non-president.