On the tidy, tree-studded
campus of Alabama's Tuskegee Institute this week, Negroes and whites
(including Alabama's governor) will honor a onetime slave who was once
traded by his master for a broken-down race horse. Shy, shuffling
George Washington Carver, who died in 1943, had spent a lifetime
performing scientific miracles. In his tiny laboratory, which he
equipped from a rubbish heap on the campus, he had created hundreds of
industrial products out of the common stuffclay, peanuts,
potatoeshe found about him.
For the occasion, Tuskegee will auction off the first issue of the
George Washington Carver postage stamp. It was...
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