George Washington Carver documentary screening preview on Wednesday

George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver

Mike Brown

A filmmaker will be visiting Iowa State to showcase a preview of a new film coming at the end of the month.

Producer and director Laurel Bower will be previewing a 30 minute segment of his film “George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life” on April 25 in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union at 7:30 p.m.

Bower has worked with Iowa Public Television for 23 years, and focuses primarily on producing documentaries.

The documentary is an hour in length, and will premiere all over Iowa in full length on April 30 at 8 p.m. The documentary will cover George Washington Carver’s life and work, as well as detail his time at Iowa State and the role the University played in his education.

George Washington Carver was an Iowa State alumnus and son of slaves who lived from 1864-1943, and obtained both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Iowa State University after transferring from Simpson College.

Carver, born a slave, was Iowa State’s first black student. Carver was an agricultural chemist, and he developed roughly 300 uses for peanuts. He also developed multiple ways to use sweet potatoes, soybeans and pecans and developed revolutionary farming techniques.

Carver was also a professor at Iowa State for a short time.

Paxton Williams will be present at the event. Williams is an Iowa State alumnus who has portrayed George Washington Carver since 1999. Williams portrayed Carver for approximately 19 years. Williams portrayed Carver in England as well as 24 states. Williams now serves as an assistant attorney general in Iowa.

Both Williams and Bower will remain after showing the preview to answer any questions from the audience.