JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A portrait of noted scientist and inventor George Washington Carver will grace the walls of the governor’s mansion in Missouri.
Republican Gov. Eric Greitens said the portrait would be installed Tuesday during a Black History Month reception. The governor’s office said it’s the first time in the state’s history that a portrait of a black person will be displayed in the mansion, which is in Jefferson City.
The portrait, painted by Missouri artist Joanna Reid, will hang in the mansion’s dining room. It will be available for public viewing starting Wednesday.
Carver was born a slave in Diamond, Missouri, during the Civil War. He became a botanist and teacher at the Tuskegee Institute. He’s best known for finding hundreds of products derived from the peanut and sweet potatoes.