• George Washington Carver National Monument

  • George Washington Carver National Monument News Release
    For Immediate Release

    Release Date: August 21, 2019
    Contact: James Heaney, james_heaney@nps.gov, 417.325.4151
    Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity honors George Washington Carver

    Diamond, MO – Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and the staff at George Washington Carver National Monument are pleased to host a special tribute and unveiling of a commemorative plaque honoring Brother George Washington Carver at the George Washington Carver National Monument on Saturday September 21, 2019 at 10:30 am. This event is a collaborative effort between Phi Beta Sigma, the National Park Service, National Park Foundation, Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Tuskegee University.

    Representatives from both the National Park Service and Phi Beta Sigma will pay respect to Carver’s legacy of public service, and recognition of his association with a time honored fraternal brotherhood. Carver is one of numerous distinguished members of this fraternity; others include Civil Rights leader and US Congressman John Lewis, NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, and author and composer of “Lift Every Voice” James Weldon Johnson. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.  

    This event is part of a two-day celebration hosted by Phi Beta Sigma, Alpha Beta Sigma Chapter of Greater Kansas City. Fellow Sigmas from six states will travel to the Joplin area for a day of community service to several Joplin non-profits, an “Every Kid in Park” field trip with Kansas City schools, and a Saturday evening reception at Amelie Event Center in Joplin. For more information on the Phi Beta Sigma weekend activities please contact Eric Wells at (816) 665-3209 or visit https://www.facebook.com/kc.sigmas. For more information on activities at the George Washington Carver National Monument, please call 417-325-4151, or visit the park’s Facebook.


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    Randall Becker
    Supervisory Park Ranger 
    George Washington Carver National Monument
    5646 Carver Road
    Diamond, MO 64840-8314
    Telephone 417.325.4151
    Fax 417.325.4231