• Carver Day Celebration - Schedule of Events for July 13th

  • 76th Carver Day Celebration

    Diamond, Missouri -


    George Washington Carver National Monument is pleased to announce the annual Carver Day celebration to be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Carver Day celebrates the life of George Washington Carver and the establishment of the national monument in his honor. This year’s event commemorates the 76th anniversary of Carver’s passing and the subsequent establishment of the national park on July 14, 1943, the first to honor an African American. The event is free of charge.

    Activities are scheduled throughout the day including guest speakers, musicians, exhibitors, guided tours, educational programs, children’s activities, a Junior Ranger station, peanut milk demonstrations, the film


    Struggle and Triumph - The Legacy of George Washington Carver, and much more. Diamond Lions Club will provide a food concession.

    Dana Chandler, Tuskegee University archivist and associate professor, is co-author of



    To Raise Up the Man Farthest Down: Tuskegee University’s Advancement in Human Health, 1881-1987. He will share information into the extraordinary Carver archival collection at the University, including some very rare items that provide insight into the work of Carver.

    Lucy Phelps, Fort Scott Community College adjunct history instructor, will examine the experience of enslaved women through the lens of motherhood, discussing aspects of their life including the labor they performed and the devastating effects of forced separation from their children. Phelps’ research contributes to the history and experiences of enslaved women in Missouri.

    Paxton Williams, former executive director of the Carver Birthplace Association, will reprise his role as George Washington Carver in his original, one-person show



    Listening to the Still Small Voice. Like Carver, Paxton is a graduate of Iowa State University. He has performed as Carver hundreds of times, as well as Othello, and Paul Lawrence Dunbar.

    The schedule of guest speakers follows:

    11:00 a.m. Lucy Phelps

    12:00 p.m. Paxton Williams

    1:00 p.m. Dana Chandler

    2:30 p.m. Paxton Williams

    Music under the big tent is a huge part of the Carver Day fun! Performers include Neosho’s Second Baptist Church, InCourage Band, Sensational Wonders, and multi-instrumental and gospel vocalist Arlecia Elkamil. Taking the stage at noon is artist, actor, and Delta blues powerhouse Clarence "King Clarentz" Brewer from Springfield, Missouri, who will play a rare solo set of roots classics from the likes of Eddie James "Son" House, Booker T. "Bukka" White, and Duke Ellington all while providing the background and history of the music.

    The music tent schedule follows:

    10:00 a.m. Second Baptist Church




    10:30 a.m. InCourage Band

    11:00 a.m. Arlecia Elkamil

    12:00 p.m. Clarence "King Clarentz" Brewer

    1:30 p.m. Sensational Wonders

    This "Find Your Park" event invites the public to see that a national park can be more than a place -- it can be a feeling, a state of mind, or a sense of American pride. Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as the National Park Service programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide.


    Carver Day is co-sponsored by the Carver Birthplace Association, with support from the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau.

    Administered by the National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior, George Washington Carver National Monument preserves the birthplace and childhood home of George Washington Carver, scientist, educator, and humanitarian. The park is located two miles west of Diamond, Missouri on Highway V, then ¼ mile south on Carver Road. For more information, please call the park at 417-325-4151 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., visit the park website at


    www.nps.gov/gwca, or visit the park Facebook page. #FindYourPark #EncuentreTuParque


    About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for the 419 parks in the National Park System and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at


    www.nps.gov, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.