George Washington Carver Museum
The George Washington Carver Museum is on the campus of Tuskegee University and is owned and operated by the National Parks Service. It is part of the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site along with Booker T. Washington's Home, "The Oaks". The museum is housed in the university's former laundry facility and has been a museum honoring Carver since 1941.
Backstory and Context
In addition to being a scientist, Carver was an artist. Almost all of his paintings were destroyed in a fire, but one painting that was recovered is on display in the museum as a testament to Carver’s diverse talents.
Also on display in the museum are many of Carver’s tools, preserved specimens, and photographs, including his experiments with the soybean, the sweet potato, and of course, the peanut. Part of Carver’s intention with these experiments and discoveries was to harness ways for farmers to get the most from their crops.
Carver implemented distance learning before the Internet and television. He designed the Jesup Wagon, which he would load up with seeds, livestock, plants, tools, and other products of his work and drive out into the community to teach farmers about new, more effective agricultural strategies. He shared with them the value they could get from rotating their crops and from growing versatile crops like soybeans, sweet potatoes, and peanuts.
2. Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site. Accessed September 7, 2015. http://www.nps.gov/tuin/index.htm.