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There’s more to Carver, park ranger promises

Posted: February 18, 2018 at 1 a.m.

Courtesy Photo Park ranger Curtis Gregory leads a group of visitors to the George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, Mo. Gregory, who grew up in West Virginia, says he always wanted to be a park ranger at a park dedicated to African-American history.

The George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, Mo., is as unique as the man it memorializes. Born during the Civil War, Carver was the first African-American to attend Iowa Agricultural College -- now Iowa State University -- let alone earn bachelor's and master's degrees there. And he was the first to have a national monument dedicated to him, just a few months after his death on Jan. 5, 1943.

FAQ

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George Washington Carver

WHEN — Noon Feb. 21

WHERE — Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale

COST — Free

INFO — 750-8165

FYI

George Washington Carver

National Monument

WHAT — 240 acres including the Moses Carver farm

WHEN — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

WHERE — 2 miles west of Diamond, Mo.

COST — Free

INFO — 417-325-4151

BONUS — The park will celebrate its 75th anniversary July 14.

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