The Savannah Tribune Celebrates

Black History Month: George Washington Carver


George Washington Carver was born into slavery in Diamond, Missouri, around 1864. A week after his birth, George, his mother, and sister were kidnapped from their owner’s farm by men from Arkansas. Once Moses Carver reported them stolen, an agent found only George and returned him back to his owner.

In 1865, Moses and Susan Carver kept George and his brother once slavery ended. The couple decided to educate them and teach them to read and write. Once he was of age, he began to walk ten miles to the only school for African Americans to continue his education. In school was when Carver’s identity changed. He went from being “Carver’s George” to George Carver. He received his high school diploma from Minneapolis High School.

Soon after high school Carver was accepted into Highland College. Not long after enrolling, the school denied his acceptance because he was African American. Once denied, he began to work on science from home in a laboratory that he created and designed.

Carver went on to become one of the most prominent scientists and inventors of his time, as well as a teacher at the Tuskegee Institute. Carver devised over 100 products using one of these crops—the peanut— including dyes, plastics and gasoline.

Carver’s many achievements in the world of Science made him the most iconic African Americans of his time. Carver became an inventor and botanist that not only opened doors for so many, but left a legacy that no one can compare. Carver died January 5,1943 at the age of 78. Carver was buried next to the infamous Booker T. Washington on his alma mater, Tuskegee grounds.

“He could have added fortune or fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor caring for the world.”

-Carver’s Epitaph

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