Picture Of George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver was born on the farm of Moses Carver, a German-American slave owner, near Diamond Grove, Missouri in 1864. At one point, he and his mother were kidnapped by night raiders and sold in an area believed to have been Arkansas. Moses Carver managed to find George and traded a race horse for his return to his farm so he and his wife, Susan could raise him. His real mother, Mary, was never found. The father of George is unknown, but he was believed to have been a slave on a neighboring farm. George was a frail child and it became apparent that he was ill-suited for the rigors of farm work. As time went by George began to develop a fascination with plants. For the first twelve years of his life, he was known simply as George, on occasion, he would introduce himself as the Carvers’ George.
George didn’t even start his formal education until he was twelve years of age. There were no schools for Blacks near his home, so he traveled to Newton County, Missouri to enroll in a school there that accepted Blacks.