This Day in Black History: July 14, 1953

This Day in Black History: July 14, 1953

George Washington Carver has a monument dedicated in his honor.

Published July 14, 2014

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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Written by Nicole Phillip


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