WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily Black History Month feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12: GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER
Profile America for the 12th day of Black History Month. George Washington Carver was one of America's preeminent scientists, known around the world for his agricultural research. Born into slavery in Missouri in 1864, his birthplace is now a national monument. Carver taught farmers how to grow and preserve nutritious foods, and how to increase their yield by rotating crops. He invented more than 300 uses for peanuts from cooking oil to printers ink, and hundreds more for soybeans, pecans, and sweet potatoes. But Carver refused to patent any of his discoveries, saying they should be used as widely as possible for the benefit of all. Today in the U.S., there are 1.3 million people in the life, physical, and social sciences, 7 percent of them African-American. You can find these and more facts about African-Americans on the web at www.census.gov.
Sources: National Inventors Hall of Fame
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 603
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). For further information, contact Rick Reed: 301-763-2812; fax: 301-763-3762; or e-mail: rreed-at-census.gov.
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau