10.18.2011 / The George Washington Carver Exhibit on display at The Durham Museum.

What makes a man a legend? The new George Washington Carver Exhibit at the Durham looks at that question and more as it explores the life of George Washington Carver. Bringing together hundreds of artifacts along with videos, interactive displays, recreated scenes and more, this exhibit which runs thru Nov 6th takes visitors through Carvers life.

"History has remembered Carver not just for peanuts, but for the gifts he gave."

Born into slavery, Carver became a teacher in a remote frontier town and ended up as a researcher with the prestigious Tuskegee Institute. While many Americans know him from his legendary work with peanuts, it was his desire to create sustainability and his belief that “nature produces not waste and neither should man” that drove him to research peanuts, sweet potatoes and black-eyed peas.  These crops allowed farmers to rotate crops and provide food for their families.

History has remembered Carver not just for peanuts, but for the gifts he gave.  “The most important gift Carver gave to people wasn’t any particular product,” Michael Dillon, chair of the Botany Department at The Field Museum and one of the curators on the Carver exhibition, says. “It was the gift of self-worth.”

Want to learn more about this visionary man? Make sure you don’t miss out seeing the George Washington Carver Exhibit at the Durham. For more information on the exhibit, visit

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