GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER ARTIFACTS HOUSED IN OLIVER NESTUS FREEMAN ROUNDHOUSE MUSEUM – WILSON, NC


Source: Victor Marrow

When I was the Town Administrator for Enfield, North Carolina in 1995, Commissioner Harold Sullivan, Mr. M. L. Banner, and I took a special trip to Tuskegee, Alabama to sign an agreement between the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site and the Town of Enfield. It was hopeful that the partnership would result in establishing the North Carolina National Peanut Museu/Cultural Center to be located in Enfield. Tuskegee committed to providing information and technical support for the development of a musuem chronicling the peanut industry in America, and George Washington Carver’s contribution in particular to the industry. Tuskegee would also have played an important role in the George Washington Carver exhibit by locating various artifacts and exhibits.

After years of work, I am delighted to report that some of those artifacts are now on loan from the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site to the Oliver Nestus Freeman Roundhouse Museum in Wilson, North Carolina.

Oliver Nestus Freeman was born in 1882 as the son of a former slave, Oliver Nestus Freeman like many other African-Americans in Wilson, NC found few opportunities. Educated at the Tuskegee Normal School in Alabama, Freeman returned to Wilson and helped construct a number of houses to help alleviate the shortage of housing for soldiers returning from World War II. Freeman’s contributions to Wilson’s architecture and affordable housing efforts were recognized by the naming of Wilson’s first housing redevelopment project – Freeman Place. (See http://www.theroundhousemuseum.com/about-freeman.html)

Opened in 2001, The Oliver Nestus Freeman Roundhouse Museum has served to preserve, promote and present African-American history, art and culture to all citizens of Wilson and the region in order to increase the awareness, understanding, and appreciation of cultural traditions and African-American contributions to society. (See http://www.theroundhousemuseum.com)

Please take the time and visit the Oliver Nestus Freeman Roundhouse Museum in Wilson, North Carolina.

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