(Diamond, MO) – George Washington Carver National Monument is pleased to announce the park’s annual Carver Day celebration will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2022 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Carver Day celebrates the life of George Washington Carver and the establishment of the national monument in his honor. This year we are commemorating the 79th anniversary of Carver’s passing and the subsequent establishment of the national park on July 14, 1943, the first one to honor an African American. The event is free of charge.
Guest speakers include former National Park Service Superintendent, William “Bill” Jackson. Jackson was Superintendent of George Washington Carver National Monument from September 19, 1993 to October 31, 2002. We will also welcome Edward A. Williamson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education and Child Development at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. Dr. Williamson is a longtime park volunteer and will share his appreciation for George Washington Carver.
Music is a huge part of the Carver Day fun. Musical performers this year will include Lem Sheppard. Lem is a local jazz, blues and folk musician who traces the history of African American music from both the North and South. Lem will perform African American music/stories from George Washington Carver’s lifetime and share the African American experience with visitors. Sonic Safari African Drum and Dance Troupe from St. Louis, Missouri will also perform. They feature a showcase of highly energetic West African and modern African American dancers. Comprised of traditional drummers and dancers in colorful costumes, the ensemble’s performances are often scripted from storylines that highlight and celebrate positive role models from the African American cultural experience. The performance is interactive and designed for multi-generation audience participation. Sonic Safari African Drum & Drum Troupe is a community outreach program of the Intercultural Music Initiative. Also sharing the music stage will be gospel greats Sensational Wonders. Local church choirs will also perform.
Carver Day is cosponsored by the Carver Birthplace Association with support from the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau. Activities are scheduled throughout the day, including guest speakers, musical performances, exhibitors, guided tours, educational programs, children’s activities, a Junior Ranger station, and much more. The Diamond Lions Club will provide a food concession. Mark your calendars and save the date for Carver Day, July 9!
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