National Park

Great American Outdoors Act Funding to preserve the historic walls of the Carver Family Cemetery at the George Washington Carver National Monument

Skilled masons repairing a stone wall around the Carver family cemetery, George Washington Carver National Monument / NPS

Work is underway by the National Park Service (NPS) to repair, rehabilitate and stabilize 400 linear feet of historic rock wall around the Carver Family Cemetery at the George Washington Carver National Monument. The $272,000 project is funded by the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) Legacy Restoration Fund. The work should be completed by the end of July.

The restoration is carried out by masons from the NPS Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC). They are assisted by members of Youth Historic Stewards provided through a partnership with Conservation Legacy who are mentored in business skills by NPS staff. HPTC plays a crucial role in managing deferred maintenance and repair work in national parks, including GAOA-funded projects. Supported by energy development revenues, GAOA is providing up to $1.3 billion per year for five years to make meaningful improvements to national parks to ensure their preservation and provide opportunities for recreation, education and enjoyment to current and future visitors.

Repairs to these historic walls at George Washington Carver, funded by the Great American Outdoors Act Maintenance Action Team project, demonstrate how essential this historic investment is for parks of all sizes. Being able to call on these skilled masons and Conservation Legacy members provides the necessary capacity for the park and helps ensure that these important features remain accessible to park visitors.

Administered by the National Park Service, the George Washington Carver National Monument was created to preserve the birthplace and childhood home of George Washington Carver. Born into slavery on the Moses and Susan Carver farm circa 1864, George Washington is revered today as an agronomist who invented hundreds of uses for peanuts, sweet potatoes and soybeans. He is remembered as an outstanding educator at the Tuskegee Institute, a humanitarian who served others with his scientific work, and a proactive voice for racial understanding.

The Carver Family Cemetery includes the graves of Moses and Susan Carver, other members of the Carver family, and neighbors from the Diamond Grove community. According to George Washington Carver, two of his sisters may also be buried in the cemetery, while George is buried on the campus of Tuskegee University in Alabama.

Visitors are invited to walk around the grounds, which are open daily. Please call the park at 417-325-4151 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for more information. Visit our website at www.nps.gov/gwca and our Facebook page. The park is located two miles west of Diamond, MO on Highway V and then ¼ mile south on Carver Road.