The 1872 Neosho Colored School, where George Washington Carver got his first schooling, is badly in need of a roof.

The 1872 Neosho Colored School, where George Washington Carver got his first schooling, is badly in need of a roof.
The owner of the school, the Carver Birthplace Association, is trying to raise $8,000 to get a new shake shingle roof before winter.
The school, located on Young Street in Neosho, is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places and all donations are tax deductible.
Ann McCormick, executive director of the Carver Birthplace Association, said the $8,000 goal must be reached by mid-August or the school will go through another winter and suffer even more deterioration.
The building was built in 1871 by James Vawter who occupied it for one year. In 1872, Vawter sold the nearly-new structure to the Neosho School Board to serve as a school for black students. It served that purpose until 1891 when a new school for blacks was built.
After that, for many years the building had several additions attached and was used once again as a private home. In the recent past, however, much work has been done to restore the school. Using donations and volunteer labor, the building is now very much like it was when young Carver attended.
But it needs a new roof.
"We are trying to keep the interior 'dried in' this winter to preserve what has been done," McCormick said. "We hope we can raise the money to do that."
George Washington Carver was born a slave on the Monument grounds but rose above all odds to become one of America's greatest botanist, humanitarian and educators.
All visits to the Carver Monument are free of charge and each year thousands of school children come as part of their studies. Many of these children enjoy and learn so much from the experience that they return bringing their parents.
 "If everyone who visited here would make a dollar donation, we could raise the money quickly," McCormick said.
The birthplace association is working with Cause Momentum, an internet fundraising site, which set a deadline of mid-August to raise the needed money.
Donations may be made on the internet at Donations may also be mailed to the Carver Birthplace Association at 5646 Carver Road, Diamond, MO 64840 or they may be delivered in person on a visit to the Monument. The Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce office at 216 W. Spring in Neosho will also be a drop off location.
The George Washington Carver National Monument is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except for New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. There is no charge for visiting the park.