This monument lies south of Carthage outside of the small town of Diamond, Missouri. George W. Carver was born in this area in 1864 to a slave woman. As I mentioned in my last posting, guerrilla warfare was rampant along the Kansas-Missouri border during the Civil War. The infant child and his mother were caught up in this turmoil when they were kidnapped by outlaws. Only George was later found in Arkansas and returned to his owner, Moses Carver and his wife Susan. They raised George as their foster child. The Carver Monument has the graveyard where that couple is buried, as well as the second home in which they lived. By the time they lived in that home (pictured below) George was attending school in Kansas. He did return to this home at various times over the years to visit his foster parents. I had expected to see a large plantation house, but Moses and his wife were farmers and Mary, the mother of George, was the only slave they owned. The approximate area of the slave cabin in which George was born is noted in the park.