This Day in Black History: July 14, 1953

George Washington Carver monument becomes first national monument dedicated to an African-American.

Posted: 07/14/2014 12:00 AM EDT
George Washington Carver monument

The George Washington Carver monument became the first monument to be dedicated to an African-American on July 14, 1953.

This historic site in Diamond, Missouri, was the boyhood home of the scientist and educator. There in the wilderness, Carver was exposed to some of his earliest scientific observations, which would later inspire his groundbreaking research into the cultivation of sweet potatoes, peanuts and soybeans. Contrary to what you may have heard, Carver did not invent peanut butter. 

The site includes the “Carver Trail,” a one-mile loop that passes woodlands, streams and grass prairies.

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