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George Washington Carver

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Diamond, Newton County, Missouri, United States
Death: January 5, 1943 (78)
Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama, United States
Place of Burial: Tuskegee University Campus Cemetery, Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Washington and Mary Ann Washington
Partner of Dr. Austin Wingate Curtis
Brother of Mary Washington; Ella Washington; Mollie Washington; Clay Washington; Lucy Washinton and 3 others

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About George Washington Carver

Parents: father thought to be Giles, a slave from a nearby plantation to the one his mother Mary worked on. (See further references at the bottom of the page).

Adoptive parents: Moses and Susan Carver.

Mary Ann was George's real Mom. the accounts vary on what happened to her after she was kidnapped. one of the accounts is below

George Washington Carver, was an American scientist, botanist, educator and inventor whose studies and teaching revolutionized agriculture in the Southern United States. The day and year of his birth are unknown; he is believed to have been born before slavery was abolished in Missouri in January 1864.

Much of Carver's fame is based on his research into and promotion of alternative crops to cotton, such as peanuts and sweet potatoes. He wanted poor farmers to grow alternative crops both as a source of their own food and as a source of other products to improve their quality of life. The most popular of his 44 practical bulletins for farmers contained 105 food recipes that used peanuts.[3] He also created or disseminated[clarification needed] about 100 products made from peanuts that were useful for the house and farm, including cosmetics, dyes, paints, plastics, gasoline, and nitroglycerin.

In the Reconstruction South, an agricultural monoculture of cotton depleted the soil, and in the early 20th century the boll weevil destroyed much of the cotton crop. Carver's work on peanuts was intended to provide an alternative crop.

In 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 white polymath Leonardo da Vinci. To commemorate his life and inventions, George Washington Carver Recognition Day is celebrated on January 5, the anniversary of Carver's death.

His slave owner, Moses Carver, was a German American immigrant who had purchased George's mother, Mary, and father, Giles, from William P. McGinnis on October 9, 1855, for seven hundred dollars. Carver had 10 sisters and a brother, all of whom died prematurely.

George, one of his sisters, and his mother were kidnapped by night raiders and sold in Kentucky, a common practice. Moses Carver hired John Bentley to find them. Only Carver was found, orphaned and near death Carver's mother and sister had already died, although some reports stated that his mother and sister had gone north with soldiers. For returning George, Moses Carver rewarded Bentley.

After slavery was abolished, Moses Carver and his wife, Susan, raised George and his older brother, James, as their own children. They encouraged George Carver to continue his intellectual pursuits, and "Aunt Susan" taught him the basics of reading and writing.

Since blacks were not allowed at the school in Diamond Grove, and he had received news that there was a school for blacks ten miles south in Neosho, he resolved to go there at once. To his dismay, when he reached the town, the school had been closed for the night. As he had nowhere to stay, he slept in a nearby barn. By his own account, the next morning he met a kind woman, Mariah Watkins, from whom he wished to rent a room. When he identified himself as "Carver's George," as he had done his whole life, she replied that from now on his name was "George Carver". George liked this lady very much, and her words, "You must learn all you can, then go back out into the world and give your learning back to the people", made a great impression on him

Carver never married and rebuffed the match-making efforts of his friends. From 1935 on, however, he enjoyed the companionship of young Austin Curtis Jr., a Cornell graduate in chemistry. Mr. Curtis accompanied Carver everywhere, providing comfort, assistance and protection, making it possible for Carver to continue his work. Carver would gently tuck his hand into Curtis’s arm when the two set off to check experiments.

Upon Carver’s death in 1943, his assets went to Curtis, his devoted companion.

As a child, George learned knitting and crocheting from Susan Carver. Crochet was a restful pastime for Carver. It allowed him to be creative and recycle materials. Tuskegee Institute Historical Site

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George Washington Carver's Timeline

July 12, 1864
Diamond, Newton County, Missouri, United States
January 5, 1943
Age 78
Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama, United States
Tuskegee University Campus Cemetery, Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama, USA