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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED JANUARY 13, 2014 BY THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE: GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER NATIONAL MONUMENT

African American history is always in focus at George Washington Carver National Monument. During February, the park staff invites you for a visit to learn more about this special month. In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson initiated the celebration of Negro History Week, which corresponded with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, the celebration was expanded to include the entire month of February, now known as Black History Month.

The National Park Service preserves and shares the story of the American experience at nearly four hundred sites across the country. Established in 1943, George Washington Carver National Monument was the first of these sites specifically dedicated to an African American.

A Call to Action Strategic Plan charts a path toward the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service. One action concept, Keep the Dream Alive, fosters civic dialogue about the stories of the civil rights movement found within the parks.

Park rangers at George Washington Carver National Monument are available to speak at schools, libraries, and civic organizations. To schedule a speaker or to learn more, please call the park between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 417-325-4151 or email at GWCA_interpretation@nps.gov

Administered by the National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior, George Washington Carver National Monument preserves the birthplace and childhood home of George Washington Carver. The monument is located two miles west of Diamond, Missouri on Highway V, then ¼ mile south on Carver Road.

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