George Washington Carver is awarded the Spingarn Medal, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s highest honor.
1923 (Sep 4)
Tuskegee Institute's George Washington Carver received the Spingarn Medal, the NAACP's highest award, for his distinguished research in agricultural chemistry. In 1939, Carver had been awarded the Roosevelt Medal for distinguished achievement in science. Carver was born enslaved in Diamond Grove, Missouri, in 1864. He attended an undergraduate school in Iowa and earned a Master of Science degree from Iowa State College. In 1896, Carver was appointed to the faculty of Tuskegee Institute, where he began a program of research in soil conservation and crop diversification. Carver's scientific fame rests largely in the four hundred different products he produced from the peanut, potato, and pecan. Carver was a fellow of the Royal Academy of England, and a foundation and museum have been established in his honor at Tuskegee Institute, where he died in 1943.