This is the final resting place of George Washington Carver (1864-1943) in the Tuskegee University cemetery. Carver was the first Black graduate of Iowa State University, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree in agriculture. He became a noted botanist. His stature as a scientist was noticed by Booker T. Washington, who invited him to be a professor at Tuskegee in 1896. He served as a faculty member there for 47 years.
He was known for his technique that focused on crop rotation to prevent soil depletion that often occurred in crop farming, namely cotton. He also focused on providing practical advice to farmers, which he published in regular bulletins.
His grave is within view of Booker T. Washington’s grave. Rocks and a bench surround it. Coins are often left on graves to show someone stopped by to pay respects.