CHAPTER 484

STATE OF DELAWARE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, on January 5, 1943, George Washington Carver, one of the foremost American scientists, died, and the whole world mourned his passing; and

WHEREAS, nothing ever has evoked more inspiration among all people than the rise of a person from obscurity to world-wide esteem solely by his own creative genius, industry, integrity and character; and

WHEREAS, such an achievement is a thousand-fold notable when the achiever has benefited the entire human race, surmounting not only physical handicap but unkind prejudice, to rise from the lowly status of slavery to pre-eminence in agricultural chemistry and dietetics--even to achieve an enviable reputation in the directly opposite field of the esthetic art of painting; and

WHEREAS, in recognition of the honor due his memory, the Federal Congress has officially proclaimed January 5, of each year, as George Washington Carver Day;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, in keeping with the thoughts and sentiment expressed by our Federal Congress, in showing appreciation to his memory in our State, and by virtue of the authority vested in me by our laws and our State Constitution, do hereby proclaim January 5, 1952, as

GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER DAY

in Delaware, and urge all citizens to join with our churches, universities, schools, and other organizations in paying particular homage to this great and humble genius, under nation-wide sponsorship of The National Achievement Clubs, Incorporated, and to lend their efforts toward focusing attention on the great achievements of this great American, and of the benefits which his great and unselfish mind passed on to all mankind.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover, this Third day of October, in the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the One Hundred and Seventy-sixth.

(GREAT SEAL)

By the Governor:

ELBERT N. CARVEL

HARRIS B. MCDOWELL, Jr., Secretary of State.