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Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Jesup Wagon

Sweet Homegrown Alabama

 
 
The Jesup Wagon Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, June 19, 2019
1. The Jesup Wagon Marker
Inscription.  
The Jesup Agricultural Wagon was the first vehicle used in Tuskegee Institute’s Movable School, an outreach effort of the Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) aimed at bringing modern agricultural tools and methods to rural areas and people in Alabama. Named for Morris K. Jesup, who funded the initial construction and acquisition of mules, rigging, and instructional materials, the wagon was designed by George Washington Carver.

Fully equipped, the Jesup Wagon carried a revolving churn, butter mold, diverse cultivator, planters, a cotton chopper, plows, different kinds of fertilizers, seeds, foodstuffs, a milk tester, and a cream separator, as well as a number of charts and demonstration materials. Recommended breeds of cows and chickens, well-developed ears of corn, stalks of cotton, bundles of oats and seeds, and garden products were included, all based on the locality visited and the season of the year.

Alabama 200 Bicentennial
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArchitectureEducation.
 
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42.567′ N, 86° 37.893′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Bob Wallace Avenue Southwest. Located within the Huntsville Botanical Garden. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue SW, Huntsville AL 35805, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ala. Red-Bellied Turtle (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Columns (about 700 feet away); Van Valkenburgh Daylily Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pathfinder (approx. 1.2 miles away); External Tank (approx. 1.2 miles away); Main Engines (approx. 1.2 miles away); T-38 Talon (approx. 1.2 miles away); Pathfinder Orbiter (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
 
Also see . . .  "Jesup Agricultural Wagon Information" at Folklife (pdf). USDA article about agricultural schools on wheels. (Submitted on January 29, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
The Jesup Wagon display area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, June 19, 2019
2. The Jesup Wagon display area
The Jesup Wagon image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, June 19, 2019
3. The Jesup Wagon
The Jesup Wagon image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, June 19, 2019
4. The Jesup Wagon
Inset image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, June 19, 2019
5. Inset
"Carver’s original drawing of a “Jesup” wagon"
George Washington Carver stamp. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By US Postal Service
6. George Washington Carver stamp.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 29, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 514 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 29, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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