Iowa PBS Premieres George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life

While George Washington Carver’s rise from slavery to scientific accomplishment has inspired millions, time has dulled the luster of his reputation, reducing him to the man who did something with peanuts. IPTV announced today the premiere of George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life, which uncovers Carver’s complexities and reveals the full impact of his life and work. The program will premiere Monday, April 30 at 8 p.m. and will air again Sunday, May 6 at 1 p.m.

George Washington Carver was a complex man who had many gifts, a Renaissance man. He was a scientist, teacher, humanitarian, environmentalist and an artist. He was a spiritual man, and a man of quiet perseverance. Born a slave, Carver defied the odds.

“George Washington Carver is an inspiration,” said Laurel Bower, producer/director at IPTV. “That’s why it’s been a pleasure producing this documentary. His determination to achieve an education as a black man right after the Civil War and his life’s work helping those who needed it the most, these are the reasons we are still talking about him 75 years after his death.”

This documentary features footage and interviews from Iowa State University, Simpson College and Tuskegee University. With information uncovered at these institutions where Carver studied and worked, George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life seeks the true essence of Carver while assessing the real significance of his life and legacy.

Support for George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life is provided by DuPont Pioneer, the Wallace Foundation, the Alliant Energy Foundation and the Des Moines Playhouse.