Primary Source Spotlight: George Washington Carver & Tuskegee Institute

George Washington Carver, half-length portrait

From America’s Library:

Born: About 1864 (exact date is unknown)
Died: January 5, 1943

George Washington Carver was born a slave in Diamond Grove, Missouri, around 1864. He is one of the nation’s most famous agricultural scientists. He is best known for his research on peanuts and his commitment to helping poor Southern African American farmers.

Carver worked at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama for most of his adult life. In 1943, soon after Carver’s death, President Franklin D. Roosevelt made Carver’s boyhood home a national monument. It was the first national monument to honor an African American.

More stories about George Washington Carver from America’s Library

George Washington Carver: More Than A Name Library of Congress Picture This blog

George Washington Carver and Nature Study Inside Adams blog March 2, 2015

George Washington Carver image set

Mural: Salute to the Peanut Industry

Help for the hard times. Important to farmers. by George Washington Carver (1910)

George W. Carver historical newspaper coverage

Legislation related to George Washington Carver

Peanuts, Potatoes, Patents, and Plants – The Life and Times of George Washington Carver In Custodia Legis

Teach This Poem: “Notes on the Peanut” by June Jordan

Tuskegee Institute image set

Tuskegee Institute map 1920

Tuskegee Institute books & other texts

Select articles about Tuskegee Institute

More historical newspaper coverage of Tuskegee Institute

The Tuskegee Song” sheet music

Song recordings of Tuskegee Institute Singers

Legislation related to Tuskegee Institute