Washington Carver In Tulsa
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enlarge |Artist: Mike
Sponsor: Sen. Maxine Horner
Size: 40" x 30"
Type: Oil on Canvas
Location: 4th Floor, North
Born into slavery, George Washington
Carver became one of the most prestigious scientists of
his time, revolutionizing the research methods and agricultural
processes of the day.
Breaking racial barriers in
his own education, he became the first African American
faculty member at Iowa State University, and later joined
Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute. He received many honors
and awards in his lifetime, including a museum at the Tuskegee
Institute and a national monument at his birthplace in
Diamond Grove, Missouri.
In May 1929, George Washington
Carver attended the dedication ceremony for the junior high
school bearing his name in Tulsa, Oklahoma. More than three
thousand citizens, black and white, were present.
The meek and gentle Carver, when
he saw the Carver School’s magnificence, felt awe.
He said it made him feel unworthy—more than any honor
he’d received before. In his speech, he made a point
he hoped would help the youths in Carver Junior High and
all who came to hear him speak: We each determine how our
lives proceed, by choices that we make.
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