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Documentary on George Washington Carver to Air Thursday

A documentary about his life and accomplishments will air tomorrow night on Ozarks Public Television. KSMU’s Theresa Carter spoke with local producers and has this story.

In Diamond, MO, about an hour west of Springfield, stands a national monument dedicated to George Washington Carver. He’s still the only individual to have a national monument dedicated to him without having been President, and the only African American to receive such an honor.

Ozark’s Public Television will air a local documentary telling us much more about the man behind the monument. It is the first locally produced, high definition documentary of its kind. Jason Ferber, the documentary’s producer, writer, and director, says this also ties into the PBS series on national parks.

"We received a grant from PBS National, and this documentary is tied into Ken Burn's series of national park documentaries."

From humanitarian to scientist, to conservationist, there are many things to learn about George Washington Carver’s life. Ferber explains.

"He was a great conservationist, and was all about recycling long before it was ever popular. He was really an amazing person. He was born at the end of the Civil War, andbegan his life as a slave. To accomplish all that he has, with such a history, is pretty amazing."

“Seeds of Success: The Legacy of George Washington Carver” airs tomorrow night at 8 on Ozarks Public Television. For more information, you can visit: optv.org.

For KSMU News, I’m Theresa Carter.