Diamond, MO – Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, George Washington Carver National Monument’s annual Carver Day events will not be held in person this year. Carver Day 2020 will be celebrated virtually on the park’s social media platforms. On Tuesday, July 14th, and the week leading up, we will share videos, historic images, stories, and more from past Carver Day celebrations. This year we are commemorating the 77th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park on July 14, 1943, the first one to honor an African American. Please call, or visit https://www.facebook.com/GeorgeWashingtonCarverNM/ or https://twitter.com/gwcarvernps for more information.
“It is with great regret that, in the interest of staff and public safety, we must cancel the Carver Day event at the park on July 11. We are looking forward to celebrating with everyone at the park at next year’s Carver Day. But we are thrilled to still honor the establishment of the first National Park dedicated to an African American and Carver’s extraordinary life on our social media platforms this July, and I hope you will join us,” said Superintendent Jim Heaney.
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at George Washington Carver National Monument is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with the federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website and social media channels.
The NPS urges visitors to do their part when visiting a park and to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.
About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 419 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov, and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.