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A Photo montage of George Washington Carver
Photo montage by David Carrera.

George Washington Carver was born into slavery around 1864 in Diamond, Missouri; no one knows his exact birth date.

He was sick growing up and no one knew he would grow up to be a famous person. He never got to meet his parents because they both died when he was young. His dad was killed in an accident and his mom was kidnapped by night raiders. He was raised by his slave owners
Moses and Susan Carver.

They treated him and his brother like they were their own sons. As a child he was he had a lot of observational skills and a lot of curiosity. His love for nature and animals was beyond his age. The owners knew he was smart but they couldn’t send him to a normal school so he had to leave town and go to Neosho, Missouri to attend school.

School was hard for him because of his skin color. He received his bachelor of science degree in 1896. He was the first black African American to graduate from his college. He was offered a lot of jobs because of his work ethic. At Tuskegee, Carver developed his famous crop rotation. He started working on peanuts and other vegetables and his rotation was a huge success. He worked all day just to make products from peanuts and sweet potatoes. That’s when he invented the peanut butter. He also invented shampoo, starch, vinegar, ink, and molasses. Carver invented over 300 products. That’s why people call him the “peanut man”.

Carver is one of the smartest African American scientist ever. Even though he was faced with a lot of obstacles he always found a way around them. Carver eventually died January 5, 1943, at the age of 78 and was buried next to Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee University.



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