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When he was 9 years old, he and his parents and brother and sister were freed at the end of the Civil War.He graduated in 1875 and became a teacher in a black school. Not too long after George was born, he and Mary were stolen by thieves who planned to sell them to someone in the south.In 1881, he acquired the job of principal of a small school in Alabama. The Carver family were able to find George, but Mary was gone forever, and George never saw her again.He was soon able to begin to go to a nearby black school. He was born around 1862 in Diamond Grove, Missouri. The Carvers had emigrated from Germany and were having difficulty farming their homestead in Missouri.
Once at school, Booker was told that he needed to have a last name, and so he chose Washington. The Carvers claimed that they did not approve of slavery; nevertheless, they purchased slaves, Giles and Mary, to help with farm work.
Sometimes it's really true that a picture is worth a thousand words.