Ten-year old George Washington Carver took his first steps to becoming a world-famous botanist, scientist, and humanitarian at the Neosho Colored School. First occupied in 1872, but forgotten for over a century, the schoolhouse is being restored to serve as a historic monument to Dr. Carver and every African American who courageously sought education there in the decades following the Civil War.
TREMENDOUS PROGRESS HAS ALREADY BEEN MADE
Thousands of volunteer man-hours, utilizing tens of thousands of donated dollars, have already transformed this overlooked and dilapidated building back into a structure Dr. Carver would recognize. But a tremendous amount of work remains ahead.
THE NEXT STEP
The next step is a new roof costing $8,000. A professional roofing company experienced in historic restoration will install period-correct cedar shingles, preserving the schoolhouse and presenting an accurate representation of the way it looked when Carver studied there in the 1870's.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Reserves have been depleted, and your help is necessary to take this next step. Your donation, of any amount, will make this roofing project possible.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW
If we meet our goal during this 45-day campaign, a new roof will be installed this summer. But if we fail to reach this goal, the historic schoolhouse will face another winter of decay. Your support is critical.
WHO IS LEADING THIS EFFORT?
The Carver Birthplace Association owns the schoolhouse and manages the restoration project. Founded in the early 1940’s, CBA predates the George Washington Carver National Monument and was instrumental in its establishment. CBA is comprised of volunteers and receives no federal or state funding.