African American History Forum
The Legacy of Dr. Carver
Neil DeGrasse Tyson PBS host, public intellectual and a leading astrophysicist was emphatic about the importance of keeping alive the legacy of pioneering American scientist George Washington Carver in exhibits like the one currently on display at the Missouri History Museum.
“If you come up as an African-American student and want to know what is possible and wonder if social forces will make it impossible for you to achieve what you want to achieve, looking at the track record of someone like Carver can give you the confidence that what you want to achieve is possible,” Tyson told the American.
As the Missouri History Museum points out, “George Washington Carver (1864-1943) may have been born a slave and orphaned as an infant, but he went on to become one of our nation’s most innovative scientists,” working at the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute to pioneer a large number of new technologies and concepts in the plant sciences.