George Washington Carver at Museum of Mobile

No, he didn’t invent peanut butter or discover sweet potatoes, although you’ve probably heard otherwise. But George Washington Carver did find many previously untapped uses for both.

Known for his work with peanuts and sweet potatoes, George Washington Carver’s amazing talents span many fields.

Did you know that this great man was not only a brilliant scientist, but also an artist? He painted, played both the piano and the guitar, and wrote poetry. He also loved to teach, even creating a horse-drawn classroom so he could reach the poor who had no means to attend school or learn proper farming techniques in rural Alabama. His humanitarian efforts were at the root of his actions, touching folks from every walk of life.

It’s no wonder “George Washington Carver”—on loan from the Field Museum in Chicago—is The Museum of Mobile’s largest and most expensive exhibit. Learn how the infant slave was rescued from kidnappers, raised by his owners, and driven by relentless curiosity to leave his home at age 13 to pursue a formal education. Follow his path to two colleges in Iowa, and eventually to a teaching and research position at then-named Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Delve into the numerous successes he had with agricultural research, including work with Henry Ford on a biofuel.

Admission to The Museum of Mobile is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for students; children under 6 are admitted free. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. The “George Washington Carver” exhibit will be available through July 4, and is included in the museum admission fee.

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