Sunday, December 14, 2008

George Washington Carver Cabin (formerly known as George Washington Carver Memorial and Carver Memorial)

In the spring of 1942, workers completed a memorial to another man for whom Henry Ford had tremendous respect and admiration - agricultural chemist George Washington Carver. The small log structure the workers built was based on Carver's own memories of his Diamond Grove, Missouri plantation birthplace. Carver, who was born into slavery around 1860, visited Ford in July of 1942 and spent a few days in the cabin.
It would only be six months later that Carver would pass away.
Dr. Carver was well-known for his experiments with the peanut, sweet potatoes, soybeans. and pecans, and he advocated and taught crop rotation which helped the poor farmers, who previously farmed only cotton, to grow a variety of crops. In doing this, Carver vastly improved the economy of the southern states.
The Carver Memorial was a part of the group of buildings that recognized the progress of black Americans from slavery through world recognition.

Once again, I apologize for the lack of inside photos. I will have some posted as soon as I take them.


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