Thursday, February 22, 2024
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Houston Public Library - African American History Research Center
1300 Victor Street, Houston, TX 77019

RSVP for tickets at the bottom of the page! 

“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” Those words, written by George Washington Carver to Booker T. Washington in 1896, still ring true to this day. As Texas considers how best to reshape its education system to better serve the needs of all its students, Texans everywhere are urging lawmakers to help give them the keys to freedom, rather than keeping them trapped in a failing education system.

Please join TPPF for a cocktail reception celebrating the life and work of George Washington Carver, featuring personal letters loaned to the exhibit by the Foundation, as well as an in-depth exhibit featuring photographs and documents from his time at the Tuskegee Institute. TPPF’s Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative, Dr. Richard Johnson, will also give remarks about our Booker T. Washington Initiative and our partnerships to make this event possible.

Special thanks to Meredith Chiles for donating this collection to TPPF. In the donated letters, Carver writes to Meredith’s mother, Miss Vivian Combacker, about his personal life, work, and Christian spiritual values

Complimentary appetizers and beverages will be provided.


  • George Foreman IV (Emcee) – Major Gift Officer, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Pastor Willie Davis – Houston City Council Member
  • Richard Johnson, Ed.D. – Director, Booker T. Washington Initiative and Senior Fellow for Urban Education, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Eileen Lawal – President of Board of Directors, Houston Freedmen’s Town


  • 5:00PM – Guest Check-In + Reception begins
  • 5:30PM – Welcome Remarks
  • 7:00PM – Event Ends

Exhibit will be available to visit and free to the public from Jan. 18, 2024 – May 11, 2024. Reception will only be for those who RSVP for Thursday, Feb. 22nd.


Please park within the library lots.

To RSVP: Click on the Eventbrite section below and enter the password “CARVER” when prompted