“founded on July 14, 1943”
George Washington Carver National Monument is a unit of the National Park Service located about two miles west of Diamond, Missouri; the national monument was founded on July 14, 1943, by Franklin Delano Roosevelt who dedicated $30,000 US to the monument. It was the first national monument dedicated to an African-American and first to a non-President. The young child known as the "Plant Doctor" tended his secret garden while observing the day-to-day operations of a 19th century farm. Nature and nurture ultimately influenced George on his quest for education to becoming a renowned agricultural scientist, educator, and humanitarian.
Neat location! It's fascinating to see how small a home he lived in, the kinds of conditions they were. There's a cemetery on the property, neat little exhibits, and a giftshop (Don't forget to stamp your parks and recreation "passport"). It's a decent pit stop if you are on your way somewhere.
What a wonderful spot! Huge picnic area, very interesting exhibits and a lovely walking trail to various points of interest from Carver's childhood. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trail.
Well worth the visit to learn more about George Washington Carver. The monument has a picnic area and beautiful trails with points of interest. Very well kept and educational.
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George Washington Carver National Monument
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