Mathematics Class at Tuskegee Institute
(1906). Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. LC-DIG-ds-03647
‘Now, in the first place as farmers, we should not be ashamed of our occupation. We all know well that people in general have come to think of the farmer as man with a great crowned hat…; with huge rough boots all covered with dust or mud; with trousers course and untidy and well stained with soil, and with manners awkward, uncouth and ludicrous, and he himself of very limited intelligence. And we all too wrong[ly] are wont to assent to this idea of the farmer and foolishly show ourselves abashed when we come into the presence of men who represent the profession. But we should put away this mistaken notion, brace ourselves up and show to all that we esteem our occupation an honorable one. We should learn too that it is all erroneous and false to say or think that it requires little or no intelligence to be a farmer. Indeed, on the contrary, it requires the highest intelligence and the highest type of intelligence to be a farmer. For he who would be a farmer must deal with, must understand and must acquire the mastery over all the puzzling forces of nature.’
"Prof. Geo. W. Carver visits Homer College--a farmers' conference organized." (July 2, 1908). The Christian Index, Jackson, TN. Quoted in Duncan, P. (2005). George Washington Carver: For His Time and Ours. George Washington Carver National Monument. National Park Service. U.S. Department of the Interior, p. 38. Retrieved from: https://www.nps.gov/gwca/learn/management/upload/GWC-For-His-Time-Ours-Spec-History-Study.pdf
Carver's central focus was always on improving the lives of the poor black farmers in the area surrounding Tuskegee, Alabama specifically and in the Southern United States, generally. The three Experiment Station Bulletins featured in this section of the exhibit take up the practical tasks required for successful farm management and the skills necessary to complete those tasks. Other historic publications that address overall farm management issues and marketing specific crops are also featured.