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George Washington Carver – George Washington Carver National Monument – Diamond, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 36° 59.252 W 094° 21.257
15S E 379478 N 4094346
Quick Description: Statute depicting George Washington Carver as a young boy. Located at the George Washington Carver National Monument near Diamond, Missouri.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 4/19/2015 6:34:56 PM
Waymark Code: WMNQJ3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
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Long Description:

Boy Carver Statue. Executed by Robert Amendola, the entire work is about 9' high. The bronze statue depicts Carver as a boy and is set atop a 5' high, 8 ton, limestone boulder especially chosen by the artist to be the base. The statue was placed at its present site beside the Carver Branch in 1960, under the artist's supervision.

– National Register Nomination

A portrait of George Washington Carver, seen as a young boy around ten to twelve years old. He is seated on a rock, examining a small three-leafed plant in his proper left hand.

The sculpture is a duplicate of an original commissioned by the New York City Housing Authority. The casting was made from the same mold. A nearby plaque reads: "… many are the tears I have shed because I would break the roots or flowers of some of my pets well removing them from the ground, and strange to say all sorts of vegetation seem to thrive under my touch until I was styled the plant doctor…"

George Washington Carver (c. 1860 – 5 January 1943), was an American botanist and inventor. The exact day and year of his birth are unknown; he was born into slavery in Missouri, either in 1861, or January 1864.

Carver's reputation is based on his research into and promotion of alternative crops to cotton, such as peanuts, soybeans, and sweet potatoes, which also aided nutrition for farm families. He wanted poor farmers to grow alternative crops both as a source of their own food and as a source of other products to improve their quality of life. The most popular of his 44 practical bulletins for farmers contained 105 food recipes using peanuts. He also developed and promoted about 100 products made from peanuts that were useful for the house and farm, including cosmetics, dyes, paints, plastics, gasoline, and nitroglycerin. He received numerous honors for his work, including the Spingarn Medal of the NAACP.

During the Reconstruction-era South, monoculture of cotton depleted the soil in many areas. In the early 20th century, the boll weevil destroyed much of the cotton crop, and planters and farm workers suffered. Carver's work on peanuts was intended to provide an alternative crop.

He was recognized for his many achievements and talents. In 1941, Time magazine dubbed Carver a "Black Leonardo"

– Wikipedia

The sculpture is in very good condition and is well-maintained by the National Park Service.

URL of the statue: [Web Link]

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