Sunday, August 21, 2011

George Washington Carver and the Sweet Potato

Cover of the Sweet Potato Festival Program, 1937
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In 1937 the first ever Sweet Potato Festival was held in Dresden, Tennessee and Charles H. Moran was the Chairman of the Festival.  

Charles Harrell Moran, Chairman
1937 Sweet Potato Festival

C. H. Moran had always been interested in agricultural experimentation and was very familiar with the work of George Washington Carver.  In his capacity as Chairman, he wrote to Carver to solicit his input into the Festival.  Better known for his work with the peanut and his How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it for Human Consumption Carver also experimented with sweet potatoes and published How the Farmer Can Save His Sweet Potatoes and Ways of Preparing them for the Table.   However by 1937 Mr. Carver had left the sweet potato behind and was devoting his time to the rehabilitation of infantile paralysis victims per his return letter to C. H. Moran.

Letter from George Washington Carver.

George Washington Carver

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