It’s a special honor when the USPS releases a commemorative postage stamp celebrating your life. Over the years, there have been only a handful of good folks with strong Iowa connections who have shared in that honor.
In 1948 and again in 1998 – Iowa’s own agriculturalist/scientist – George Washington Carver.
This black American scientist achieved international fame for his agricultural research. George Washington Carver developed more than 300 products that could be produced from peanuts. Products invented by Carver include a milk substitute, face powder, printer’s ink, and soap. He created principles of crop rotation that deeply impacted farming in the South. Booker T. Washington appointed him Director of Agriculture at the Tuskegee Institute and he received an honorary doctorate from Iowa’s Simpson College where he was the first black student. He was also the first black professor at Iowa State University before relocating to Alabama.
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