Dr. Linda Edwards, Carver scholar, historian, and author of George Washington Carver, Scientist and Symbol will be the featured speaker. Her book is a major work on Carver scholarship.
Architectural historians Debbie Sheals and Angie Gaebler will discuss the 1872 Neosho Colored School project. The school is where Carver and many African Americans received an education. Storyteller Loretta Washington will entertain visitors with African-American stories. Musical performers include Lem Sheppard, blues, jazz, and folk guitarist and musician; Sensational Wonders, gospel singing group and area church choirs.
Activities are scheduled throughout the day, including storytelling, exhibitors, musical performances, guided tours, educational programs, children’s activities, Junior Ranger station, and much more. Food concessions will be provided by the Diamond Lions Club.
Carver Day's role
In the National Park Service, A Call to Action Strategic Plan charts a path toward the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service, one action concept, “History Lesson” showcases the meaning of parks to new audiences and provides an opportunity for communities to learn more about their heritage. In response, Carver Day celebrates the African American experience through guest speakers, storytelling, music, and educational programs.
The park is located two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then south 1/4 mile on Carver Road. For more information phone (417) 325-4151 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.