Skip to Content
HomeAbout this siteHelpSearch this site The Library of Congress
America's Story from America's LibraryMeet Amazing AmericansJump Back in TimeExplore the StatesJoin America at PlaySee, Hear and Sing
Meet Amazing Americans Scientists & Inventors George Washington Carver
Students in the laboratory at Tuskegee
Students in the laboratory at Tuskegee

Enlarge this image
Teaching at Tuskegee Institute
When Carver arrived at Tuskegee, the agriculture department had few students, few resources, and no laboratory. The resourceful Carver knew what to do. He and his students created a laboratory. They gathered old jars, china, pots, and pans. They collected metal, string, and rubber from the trash. Carver showed his students how to turn these discarded items into laboratory equipment.

Using this equipment, they conducted experiments on Carver's old desk. They tested soil, fertilizers, and animal food. Carver taught his students to see how everything in nature was interrelated. Many years later, Carver finally got a real laboratory with real equipment.

Back page 3 of 4 Next

Library Of Congress | Legal Notices | Privacy | Site Map | Contact Us