The national park service has called upon national parks, monuments, battlefields and other sites to update their video and films in order to tell their stories in a more meaningful way for today's visitors.
The service called for a concept which is called "Out with the Old."
As a result, the George Washington Carver National Monument premiered its new film "Struggle and Triumph: The Legacy of George Washington Carver" on Thursday night. About 50 special guests attended the premiere, which was held in the theater at the Carver Monument.
The film was a big hit with the audience, even though it told the familiar story of Carver as he crawled out of an impoverished childhood to honor and fame for his scientific, educational and humanitarian work. His decision to come to Neosho is called a major turning point in his life.
Excellent re-enactments, a great cast and a wonderful musical score made for 28 minutes of captivating drama and history. The film told the age-old story of how George Washington Carver faced prejudice and discrimination, but pressed on with his work and eventually triumphed.
The climax of the film was a reenactment of his famous appearance at a congressional hearing before Congress in 1921. Despite a racial remark from a Texas congressman, Dr. Carver won the day, and his appearance time changed from the original 10 minutes to an unlimited amount of time before the committee.
Altorro Prince Black, the actor who portrays Carver, gave a great performance and was in attendance at the premiere to meet and greet everyone.
The soundtrack provided a pleasant background and included many spirituals, including Carver's favorite "Must Jesus Bare the Cross Alone." The soundtrack was scored by Bobby Horton, a Grammy winning composer known best for his production of the music for Ken Burns' "The Civil War."
The film will be shown each day at the monument.
The George Washington Carver National Monument has succeeded with the call upgrade their media stories. They have truly followed the concept of "Out with the Old."