George Washington Carver Recognition Day
In commemoration of George Washington Carver’s life and work, Congress declared January 5 as George Washington Carver Recognition Day. Because his exact birth date is unknown, they selected the date on which he died - January 5 - in 1943. Here are some resources to help students learn about his achievements:
- George Washington Carver National Monument
Background information from the U.S. National Park Service.
- George Washington Carver Exhibition
Highlights, background information, photos, and educational resources from the Field Museum.
- George Washington Carver Digital Collection
Background information, photographs, and letters and other resources from the Iowa State University e-library.
- Encyclopedia of Alabama: George Washington Carver
Background information from the Encyclopedia of Alabama web site.
- Peanut Man (2:30 min)
This famous scientist popularized peanut butter and contributed much more. From the Virginia Farm Bureau.
- George Washington Carver (2:06 min)
Born a slave, Carver became a great scientist.
- George Washington Carver Inventions and Quotes (6:48 min)
Although he did not work the fields as a child, he worked with plants and was known as the plant doctor.
- The Boyhood of George Washington Carver (1:35 min)
He was an artist, teacher, agriculturalist. From Phoenix Film and Video.