This Remarkable Footage Reveals the True Talent of a Black Icon

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George Washington Carver was known as the young “plant doctor.” From a tender age, folks would bring their ailing plants to him. Once in his garden, they would spring back to life

Believe it or not, George Washington Carver originally studied art in college! But after witnessing his rare ability to hybridize plants, his art teacher encouraged Carver to switch majors.

Nonetheless, Carver continued painting, even winning an Honorable Mention at Chicago World’s Fair in 1893!

Booker T. Washington was so impressed with Carver’s work, the notable Black leader and educator hired him to run Tuskegee’s agricultural department. There, Carver accomplished some of his most important work.

His work with plants wasn’t solely in the name of science. Carver also used his knowledge to create gifts for friends!

Always crafty and artistic, Carver knit, crocheted, and performed needlework. He often used materials found in nature - like natural dyes he’d make from plants or clay - for his products.

Shortly after Carver’s death, his childhood home became the first national monument that honored a Black person.

What a fitting tribute for a Black educator, scientist, and mentor who opened so many doors for Black people to come.

 

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