The Organic Godfather: George Washington Carver


George Washington Carver (Image courtesy of The Field Museum)

Max Eternity @ | Report & Review – One week remains for an exhibition of historic proportions, documenting the life and legacy of George Washington Carver, known by many as the man who made peanuts king.  The exhibit was curated by Chicago’s Field Museum, and has been touring the nation—coast to coast—with its final destination being the award-winning Jimmy Carter Library and Museum.

From its website, a statement about the mission of the museums:

The Museum of the Jimmy Carter Library includes photographs and historical memorabilia from the Carter presidency (1976 – 1981). An exact replica of the Oval Office and gifts received by the Carters are also featured. A permanent exhibit of significant events occurring during Jimmy Carter’s life and political career includes photographs with interpretative text.

In addition to the museum’s permanent collection, other exhibitions–like the current one on Carver–rotate seasonally.

Jay Haste is the executive director of the museum and says that the Caver exhibit is a natural fit, because “Carter and Carver had humble roots, and were both peanut farmers.”  Haste says the exhibition has been very popular, with many visitors traveling from adjacent cities to see the display.  And though known primarily for his pioneering concepts in sustainable agriculture, Carver was also an artist, and some of his original art is on display.

“He was a man with a fascinating life story and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, who overcame tremendous odds to become one of America’s most versatile scientists” says Tony Clark, who heads the museum’s media relations department.  Adding that Carver “ was a trail-blazing proponent of sustainability, who believed that ‘nature produces no waste’” and because of that, Clark says that it was Carver’s belief that “neither should man.”  And although Carver has gone down in history as one of the world’s most notable farmers and applied scientists, equally to his credit is the fact that he was a larger-than-life humanitarian who sought to help other farmers “fill the poor man’s empty dinner pail.”

Carver exhibit installation (Image courtesy of The Field Museum)

The Carver exhibition is a well organized multimedia display of articles, artifacts, video and rare archival photos, and winds through the venue like a river in 5 sections:

1. Carver’s Mighty Vision

2. From Slave to Scholar

3. The People’s Scientist

4. Plant Power

5. Carver’s Legacy

The Carver exhibit runs through June 3rd, and costs $8.  Children under 16 get in free, and students and military receive a discount.  Contact the Jimmy Carter Library & Museum at 404-865-7131.


3 Replies to “The Organic Godfather: George Washington Carver”

  1. Great article and I saw the exhibition and it is really quite wonderful.
    See the new Internet TV program on Dr.Carver.

    Youtube…just type in the following:


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