George Washington Carver

American Scientist


Due to the school segregation in the United States, it was not allowed that black and white kids attend school together. Eventually, he found there was another school for Black kids, but it was in Neosho. Under those circumstances, George, who was 11 years old, decided to travel to Neosho, because he wanted to attend that school for black kids. Once in Neosho, he found the Watkins family, who gave George a place to stay in exchange for helping in the house. 

The Watkins family influence in the life of George because they were Christians. Advised by Mariah Watkins, George travelled to Kansas in 1978 to attend Fort Scott Colored School. In Kansas, slavery was not allowed, and there were some schools for black kids. He could have the opportunity to learn mathematic, history, science, and art. After, George arrived in Minneapolis, and he remained until he could get his high school education diploma.

Carver group

Next, George decided to apply to Highland College in 1885. Regardless of George was accepted by the college, he was turned down. The college could not accept black students studying in their classrooms. Around the 1890s, George was living and working in Winterset, George decided to apply again to the college to study Arts. In the same year, George was accepted in Simpson College, in Indianola, Iowa. In this college, George studied piano and arts.

George Carver was the one black student in Simpson College, while all the three hundred students were white. George was learning a lot about Arts, and he perfectioned his techniques at Simpson College. However, George Carver did not complete the degree in Arts. in 1891 he decided to study Agricultural Science at Iowa State College. The teachers from the college were impressed by George's determination, that they offered a job to him to work with them as soon as he got his bachelor’s degree in agricultural science in 1894. While he was working in the college, George decided to study a master, so he become in the first African American graduate in 1896. 

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