Carver Day at George Washington Carver National Monument

Mark your calendar for the annual Carver Day Celebration at George Washington Carver National Monument on Saturday, July 13, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event honors the life and legacy of George Washington Carver and commemorates the 81st anniversary of his passing and the establishment of the national monument in his honor on July 14, 1943. This monument was the first to honor an African American. Admission is free for all attendees.

Guest Speakers:

  • Edith Powell, a retired college professor of immunology and hematology at Tuskegee University, will present her recent book, “More Than Peanuts, The Unlikely Partnership of Tom Huston and George Washington Carver.”
  • Alex Sandy Primm, an oral historian and speaker with the Missouri Humanities Council Speakers Bureau Program, will share a presentation titled “Missouri’s Natural Heroes,” which includes George Washington Carver.

Musical Performances:
Enjoy a variety of musical performances throughout the day:

  • Arlecia Elkamil, a multi-instrumentalist and singer.
  • Jahfi Studio from St. Louis, Missouri, performs traditional West African dance and drum rhythms.
  • St. Monica Music Ministry from Kansas City, Missouri, under the direction of Melvin Kerr, featuring members from the St. Monica Catholic Church and the local community.
  • The gospel singing group Sensational Wonders.
  • Local church choirs will also be invited to perform.

Activities for Kids:
Children will have a great time exploring the park with guided tours, Junior Ranger activities, and more. The Diamond Lions Club will provide food concessions.

Carver Day celebrates the African American experience through speakers, storytelling, music, and educational programs. Consistent with Carver’s legacy of accessible and affordable education, Carver Day and all its programs are free of charge. This event is presented in partnership with the Carver Birthplace Association.

About the Park:
George Washington Carver National Monument, administered by the National Park Service, preserves the birthplace and childhood home of George Washington Carver – a renowned scientist, educator, and humanitarian. The park is located two miles west of Diamond, Missouri, on Highway V, then ¼ mile south on Carver Road. For more information, visit the park’s website here.

Disclaimer: This above news story is based on a press release from the National Park Service, which was issued on May 29, 2024. You can read the original release here.

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