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Black History Month: George Washington Carver


Visit the George Washington Carver National Monument in Missouri to learn about the great scientist and inventor, George Washington Carver.


Carver was the most prominent black scientist of the early 20th century. His work promoting environmentalism helped improve the lives of the farming community. He developed techniques to improve the soil, including crop rotation. Carver's achievements and inventions led Time magazine to call him a "Black Leonardo", a reference to the great Leonardo da Vinci whose inventions also changed the world.


The national monument preserves Carver's boyhood home and the 240 acres of land around it. Check out the nature trail, museum, and exhibits to learn more about his life.


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