Nuts For Carver
We all remember George Washington Carver's work with peanuts--he invented 105 recipes employing peanuts, and made peanut-based cosmetics, dyes, paint and nitroglycerin. But Carver, born a slave in Missouri, deserves to be known for more than peanut butter, which he didn't even actually invent. That organic salad you're crunching is the product of an organic food movement he started. He pushed southern sweet potato farming, so savor that slice of sweet potato pie and tip your hat (if you're wearing one) to the guy who not only championed the peanut but also wrote poetry and painted as he fulfilled his role as one of the foremost scientists of his day. The African-American Museum is doing a little hat tipping themselves with a George Washington Carver exhibit (they're the only African-American museum in the country to have it). George Washington Carver: An Extraordinary Man With a Mighty Vision will highlight his work, feature tools he used in his experiments, and showcase audio narratives recorded by people impacted and influenced by Carver. The museum is located at 3536 Grand Ave. in Fair Park. Tickets are $5, $2 for kids. Call 214-565-9026 or visit aamdallas.org.
Tuesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Starts: April 2. Continues through Oct. 25, 2009
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