Born a slave around this date, July 12, 1864, George Washington Carver became a black scientist of international renown. In 1921, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee invited him to speak on uses of the peanut to improve Southern economy. After two captivating hours, the chairman asked: "Dr. Carver, how did you learn all of these things?" Carver answered: "From an old book." "What book?" asked the chairman. Carver replied, "The Bible." The chairman inquired, "Does the Bible tell about peanuts?" "No, sir," Dr. Carver replied, "but it tells about the God who made the peanut. I asked Him to show me what to do with it, and He did."