Peanut Butter One of 400 Inventions George Washington Carver Created. George Washington Carver was born into slavery between 1860 and 1864 in Diamond Grove, Missouri. His parents, Mary and Giles Carver, lived under slavery’s tortuous brutality. Giles died before George was born. George and his mother, Mary’s, home was raided by racist nightriders when George was a child.
George was separated from his mother during the attack. When he was 10 years old, he left Missouri and moved to Minneapolis, Kansas. He 1890 he attended Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa and became the college’s first African American student. While at Simpson College, George studied art and piano. His love for plants and science compelled him to enroll at State Agricultural College in Ames, Iowa.
The African American inventor worked as an instructor while he continued his education at State Agricultural College, where he earned a graduate degree in 1896. That same year George Washington Carver started to work at Tuskegee University in their Agricultural Research Department.
Crop rotation techniques that allowed soil to retain its nutrients, synthetic rubber which was used on roadways, paints, dyes, cosmetic products and peanut butter are amongst the 400 products George Washington Carver invented. For his many genius works and as recorded at The Great Idea Finder website, he won the Spingarn Medal, the Theodore Roosevelt Medal for “distinguished research agricultural chemistry” and Man of the Year by the International Federation of Architects, Engineers, Chemists and Technicians.
In 1990 George Washington Carver was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He renowned African American scientists and inventor also had a United States postage stamp created in his honor.
Although not widely taught in many American secondary schools, people of African American heritage are responsible for inventing products and services that thousands and millions of people use today. Black History Month is a time of year when the United States spotlights great achievements and accomplishments made by its African American citizens.