STATE OF DELAWARE
WHEREAS, the people of the world will long benefit from the scientific knowledge and the courage of George Washington Carver, the anniversary of whose death on January 5, 1943, we continue to mourn; and
WHEREAS, it is fitting that we pay tribute to an American, who, rising from the lowly birth of a slave, continued his endeavor to benefit mankind, despite a physical handicap; despite the ugly head of prejudice, which at times was raised against him; and
WHEREAS, his experiments in the field of agricultural chemistry and dietetics raised standards in those fields to unprecedented heights, beneficial to the farmer, the worker and finally the consumer; and
WHEREAS, through the efforts of the National Achievement Clubs, Inc., 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, following the example of the Congress of the United States in an expression of gratitude for his services to his country and mankind, and by virtue of the authority in me vested, do hereby proclaim January 5, 1953, as
GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER DAY
in Delaware, and urge that all citizens, regardless of race, color or creed, join in their churches, schools and civic associations in paying tribute to this master scientist. I further urge that all Delawareans, in cooperation with the National Achievement Clubs, Inc., take those steps which will help to perpetuate the value and worth of George Washington Carver in the minds and hearts of all of us.
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 Thirtieth day of December, in the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the One Hundred and Seventy-seventh.
By the Governor:
ELBERT N. CARVEL
HARRIS B. McDOWELL, JR., Secretary of State.