Year of events to celebrate life and work of George Washington Carver

2/21/2014


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (February 20, 2014) – The 150th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s greatest scientists will be marked with a yearlong celebration in the university community. A series of lectures and events will be held to honor George Washington Carver, Tuskegee’s most renowned professor and researcher. 

“George Washington Carver was born in 1864 and came to Tuskegee in 1897. During his 46 years at Tuskegee University, he became world renowned because of his love of God, power of observation, creativity and service,” said Walter A. Hill, provost and dean of the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences.

Starting Friday at the Annual Farmers Conference, there will be a commemoration presentation at noon in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Tuskegee University. On Feb. 28, the 16th George Washington Carver Convocation will be held at 11 a.m. in the University Chapel. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Ph.D., Administrator for Agricultural Research Service with the United States Department of Agriculture, will give the keynote address. 

On April 4 at 10 a.m., the George Washington Carver Museum on campus will re-open with a ribbon cutting. The National Park Service facility has been offline since last year so it could undergo renovations. On May 3 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., the City of Tuskegee will hold a George Washington Carver Commemorative Festival. The event on the Tuskegee downtown square will feature arts, crafts and science demonstrations. The Inaugural Food and Nutritional Sciences Carver Lecture will be held in October.

Ending the year, the George Washington Carver Chapter of the National Society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences will have its annual student award and recognition banquet Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, and the annual Professional Agricultural Workers Conference will hold the Carver Hall of Fame Banquet and Lecture on Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. 

“His work in agriculture, nutrition, the arts and education are unique and foundational. He loved people, was a great teacher and his legacy inspires us today to seek and achieve excellence,” Hill said. 

Carver Events for Year

Date and Location

Event

Hosts

February  21, 12 noon

Kellogg Conference Center

Tuskegee University Campus

Annual Farmers Conference

Carver Commemoration Presentation

TU Cooperative Extension

GWCAES/CAENS

February 28, 11 am

Chapel

Tuskegee University Campus

16th TU Carver Convocation Lecture

Tuskegee University

Office of the President

April 4, 10 am

Carver Museum

Tuskegee University Campus

Ribbon Cutting

Carver Museum Renovation

National Park Service

Tuskegee University

May 3, 8 am to 6 pm

City of Tuskegee

Downtown Square

George Washington Carver Commemorative Festival

City of Tuskegee

Macon County

Tuskegee University

October, Date to be determined

Henderson Hall

Tuskegee University Campus

Inaugural FNS  Carver Lecture

Tuskegee University FNS/FNSAB/CAENS

December 8, 6 pm

Kellogg Conference Center

Tuskegee University Campus

Carver Chapter MANNARS Lecture

Tuskegee University MANNARS/AES/PAWC/CAENS

December 9, 6 pm

Kellogg Conference Center

Tuskegee University Campus

72nd PAWC Carver Hall of Fame Banquet & Lecture

Tuskegee University

PAWC/CAENS


GWCAES-George Washington Carver Agricultural Experiment Station
FNS – Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences
FNSAB – FNS advisory Board
CAENS – College of Agriculture Environment and nutrition Sciences
MANRRS–National Society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences
AES-Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

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