It was a tough decision. Carver had other good job possibilities. In the end, he accepted Washington's offer. He decided that he could do the most good at Tuskegee. Carver said about Tuskegee, "It has always been the one ideal of my life to be the greatest good to the greatest number of 'my people' possible. ...This line of education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom to our people."
Carver was put in charge of the new agriculture department at Tuskegee. He taught African American students at the school as well as poor black farmers outside the school. Eventually, he also was responsible for an agricultural research program, two school farms, and a variety of other tasks. It was enough work to keep several people busy!