Book Talk on Tom Huston and George Washington Carver to be held Sept. 14

Published: September 08, 2022

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The public is invited to a book talk by Edith Powell, author of "More Than Peanuts: The Unlikely Partnership of Tom Huston and George Washington Carver," on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m. at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill.

More Than Peanuts follows the journey of Bob Barry, George Washington Carver, Tom Huston, and Grady Porter through the letters they wrote to each other and to others who joined them on the way. The letters document a fascinating early example of cooperation between farmers, private businesses, university researchers, and government policymakers to grow a prosperous industry.

Edith Powell is a retired professor of immunology and hematology at Tuskegee University. As a native of Tuskegee, Powell has had a lifelong interest in the history of the town and university. Her passion resulted in her role as an independent research consultant on George Washington Carver for the Tuskegee University archives. Powell is also the author of "A Black Oasis: Tuskegee Institute’s Fight Against Infantile Paralysis, 1941–1975" (with Dr. John F. Hume) and "To Raise Up the Man Farthest Down: Tuskegee University’s Advancements in Human Health, 1881–1987" (with Dana R. Chandler).

The event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments.

The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben Street, Auburn. For more information on the program, call 334-844-4903 or visit