Tuesday, January 5, 2010

G.W. Carver died this date in 1943

A great Missourian died on this date in 1943. George Washington Carver was born before the end of slavery in 1865 near what is now Diamond, Mo. He grew up to become a plant scientist of renown, know for his work with peanuts and sweet potatoes.

Notes Wikipedia:

n addition to his work on agricultural extension education for purposes of advocacy of sustainable agriculture and appreciation of plants and nature, Carver's important accomplishments also included improvement of racial relations, mentoring children, poetry, painting, and religion. He served as an example of the importance of hard work, a positive attitude, and a good education. His humility, humanitarianism, good nature, frugality, and rejection of economic materialism also have been admired widely.

One of his most important roles was in undermining, through the fame of his achievements and many talents, the widespread stereotype of the time that the black race was intellectually inferior to the white race. In 1941, Time magazine dubbed him a "Black Leonardo", a reference to the Renaissance Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci.[4] To commemorate his life and inventions, George Washington Carver Recognition Day is celebrated on January 5, the anniversary of Carver's death.


For more information, here are three websites:

Wikipedia

George Washington Carver National Monument

Wired magazine website

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