George Washington Carver By: Michael Featherstone

Carver as a Child

Early Life

George Washington Carver was born during the Civil War years, most likely in 1864. A week after his birth, George was kidnapped along with his sister and mother from the Carver farm by raiders from the neighboring state of Arkansas.

As a young boy, George showed a keen interest in plants and a great desire to learn. The Carvers taught him to read and write. When he was about 11 years old, he moved to Neosho, Missouri, to attend a school for black children. Imagine random people raising you through your life? George had to find many jobs as a young kid to support himself because his family was killed and kidnapped.

Work with agriculture

In 1896, Carver moved to Alabama to join the faculty of the Tuskegee Institute. There he focused his attention towards soil innovation for farmers. After working there he gave his 33,000 dollars of life savings to the Tuskegee Institute so they could build on their science program.

Do you like Peanut Butter? You can thank George Washington Carver for that. George Washington Carver had many inventions through peanuts making more than 100 products. He also made 75 products from pecans.

In 1896, Carver moved to Alabama to join the faculty of the Tuskegee Institute. There he focused his attention towards soil innovation for farmers. After working there he gave his 33,000 dollars of life savings to the Tuskegee Institute so they could build on their science program.

Awards

Carver received many awards for his accomplishments. In 1923, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) awarded him the Spingarn Medal for distinguished service in agricultural chemistry. In 1939, Carver received the Theodore Roosevelt Medal for his valuable contributions to science. In 1951, the George Washington Carver National Monument was established on 210 acres (85 hectares) of the Missouri farm where Carver was born.

Racism

Accepted to Highland College in Highland, Kansas, Carver was denied admittance once college administrators learned of his race.

George Washington Carver was born into slavery and shortly have his birth his dad was killed in an accident and his mother was kidnapped

He died in 1943 on January 5th.

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