Missouri Historical Review
The Mark Twain Birthplace Memorial Shrine and its contents
were featured on the inside of the back cover of the July issue of the
GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER CENTENNIAL CELEBRATED
Assistant Secretary of the Interior Roger C. Ernst, speaking at
the George Washington Carver National Monument three miles
southwest of Diamond on July 17, stated that "We have here a
monument to American agriculture. It is the only such monument to a man who helped make
America the number one breadbasket of the world."
The program included the
dedication of the new visitor
center and museum, a $5,000
bronze statue of the boy Carver
by Robert Amendola of Hopkin-
ton, Massachusetts, and a portrait of the adult Carver by Mrs.
Aime Schweig of St. Louis and
Prior to the dedication ceremonies the Joplin Municipal
Band presented a concert, Gerald L. Hutton of Springfield sang
the Star Spangled Banner and
two spirituals, Mrs. Lorraine Riley of Joplin sang a vocal solo,
and the Reverend Robert Lowell Stone of Joplin offered the invocation. A color guard of the American Legion's Fifteenth District
participated in a flag raising ceremony and presented the colors,
and the Reverend Vincent C. Root of Carthage gave the benediction.
Lieutenant Governor Edward V. Long welcomed the visitors to
Missouri, and Clarence S. Schultz, superintendent at the monument,
lauded the people of the area for their cooperation in developing
the historical site. On hand for the observance were Mrs. Amelia
Thomas Richardson of Pittsburg, Kansas, the only surviving
schoolmate of Carver's at Neosho, and Mrs. Nelle Scott Bishop
Dillon, a pupil of Carver's at Tuskegee Institute and now state
teacher trainer at Langston University, Langston, Oklahoma.
Massie—Mo. Res. Comm.
The Boy Carver