Carver, George washington (CA. 1864–1943)

George Washington Carver, agricultural scientist, educator, humanitarian, and the son of slaves, is believed to have been born around 1864. Mary Carver, George's mother, was a slave belonging to Moses and Susan Carver in Diamond Grove, Missouri, although it is unclear who his father was. Mary Carver and the infant George were kidnapped by slave raiders, and although the baby was eventually returned to the Carvers, his mother never was. Raised by Moses and Susan Carver, young George learned all about the plants and his local community. From the very beginning, he was dedicated to learning, for he believed it was God's will, and as a teenager, he left his home for nearby Neosho, Missouri. There he resided with Andrew and Mariah Watkins while he ...

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