Every Peanut’s Best Friend

He was titled the “Black Leonardo”.  He invented over 300 uses for peanuts.  And he was born as a slave.

151 years ago, George Washington Carver was born.

He was raised by Moses and Susan Carver, the owners of the farm, after his father died in an accident and his mother was kidnapped.

They treated him kindly, and taught him to read.

He became a Christian before he was 10.

By age 11, he went to a school for black children.

And for the next 20 years,  he supported himself through odd jobs, and by 1890 he entered Simpson College.

He considered painting as a career, but decided upon agriculture.

After completing his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in agriculture, he joined the faculty of Tugskee Institute.

At Tugskee, he focused on improving crop production, teaching, writing, and speaking on the subject.

By 1910, he became the Head of the Department of Research at Tugskee.

And by 1914, he got into peanuts.  Peanuts, peanuts, and more peanuts. And from these lovely legumes (alliteration intended), he invented printer’s ink, soap, and a milk substitute.

In 1940, he gave his life’s savings to Tugskee and established the George Washington Carver Research Institute.

And in 1943, he went away on a cloud playing a harp made of peanuts. (Just kidding!)

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LONG FOOTNOTE:

Wherever did the the idea of harps and clouds (and even peanuts) in heaven come from?  I’d probably say Huck Finn, but who knows which tall tale started that!  

No wonder so many people don’t look forward to heaven; they just don’t know about the real, amazing, awesome, truly epic heaven where everything that makes our joy complete will come true (for me, that might be unlimited fresh Costco pizzas, seven barrels of Hagen-Daz ice cream, infinite football, Frisbee, and basketball games, all my favorite books, nine different birds of prey, fourteen dogs,  and four hundred decks of cards)!  And more than all of that, we’ll see Jesus face to face.

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