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George Washington Carver bust back on display at monument

A bust returned Friday to the George Washington Carver National Monument, a 210-acre park near the tiny southwest Missouri town of Diamond where he was raised. (MGN Online)

A bust of agriculture pioneer George Washington has been reinstalled at a Missouri park that tells his life story after undergoing a two-month, $6,500 restoration.

The Joplin Globe reported that the bust returned Friday to the George Washington Carver National Monument, a 210-acre park near the tiny southwest Missouri town of Diamond where he was raised. The bust was sculpted by Audrey Corwin in 1952 and was placed in the park in 1953.

Born into slavery near the end of the Civil War, Carver, walked the 10 miles to Neosho to attend an all-black school. He couldn't attend a nearby school because of his race.

He went on to become a world-renowned scientist and educator. He is credited with teaching people how to make peanut butter and rotate crops.

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