Amazing African Americans – Alabama

We moved to Wind Creek State Park in Alexander City, Alabama on February 12.  On the way there, we stopped at three NPS sites: Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, and George Washington Carver National Monument.

The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of mostly African Americans who fought in World War II with aircraft.  They were the first African Americans to ever complete their training and enter the Army Air Corps (of the U.S.).  At the visitor center, we learned about their accomplishments and how they fought racism in their lives.  We looked inside the museums, some of which had planes and decorated rooms.

At the visitor center of George Washington Carver NM, we looked at all the displays.  George Washington Carver was a brilliant agricultural scientist and inventor.  He was born in the late 1800’s, kidnapped at a young age, sold to the Carvers, and taught by them how to read and write.  He later was able to go to college, and he figured out how to deal with soil problems and useful crops which were cheap to grow but had many uses, such as the peanut, soybean, and sweet potato.  He used his knowledge to help others to farm more efficiently.

At Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, we toured Booker T. Washington’s home.  Booker T. Washington was born a slave in 1856, but he rose to fame in adulthood later as a leader at Tuskegee Institute, author, and orator.  Tuskegee Institute was created to allow newly-freed African Americans to get an education, as well as learn useful trades, so that they could earn a living.

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