The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 12, 2013

Life of George Washington Carver to be celebrated at monument

From staff reports

DIAMOND, Mo. — Programs interpreting the life of George Washington Carver will be featured at the 70th annual Carver Day Celebration scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at George Washington Carver National Monument.

The free event celebrates the life and achievements of Carver, as well as the establishment of the monument on July 14, 1943, only seven months after Carver's death that same year. The birthplace of the distinguished scientist, educator and humanitarian is the first national park dedicated to an African American.

Activities are scheduled throughout the day, including guest speakers, storytelling, exhibitors, musical performances, guided tours, educational programs, children's activities, a Junior Ranger station and more.

Special speakers this year are Linda Edwards, a Carver scholar, historian, and author of the 1981 biography ÒGeorge Washington Carver, Scientist and Symbol.Ó Her book is a major work on Carver scholarship.

Architectural historian Debbie Sheals and architect Angie Gaebler will discuss the 1872 Neosho Colored School project, the school where Carver and many African Americans received an education. Storyteller Loretta Washington will entertain visitors with African-Americans stories.

Musical performers include Lem Sheppard, Sensational Wonders, the Kansas East State Sunshine Band Children's choir, InCourage and several area church choirs.

The park is two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then south 1/4 mile on Carver Road.

Details: 417-325-4151 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.