Black History Month
The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site is proud to join the National Park Service and the nation in celebrating Black History Month. The celebration of Black History Month each February commemerates the contributions of African Americans in the United States with numerous events and cultural programs. Over the years the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site has hosted events and individuals who have a conection to the African-American experience.
The community of Archery, located just 2.5 miles outside of Plains. Georgia, is the location of the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm. This African-American community was instrumental in shaping the life of a young boy who would become the 39th President of the United States. Living in this community, a young Jimmy Carter saw and experienced segregation first-hand. Rachel Clark was very influential in his life and he spent hours with her learning about life, hard work, and dedication to friends and family. The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site's Education Program commissioned the play, "Raising a President" to interpret how much of an influence Rachel Clark had in Jimmy Carter's life. When visiting the site, please stop by the Clark House to learn more.
For several years the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site has been partnering with Dr. Antoinette Jackson of the University of South Florida on an ethno-history project on Archery, Georgia. The project encompasses researching and writing an ethno-history of the predominantly African-American community which is the location of the Boyhood Farm of President Jimmy Carter, part of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site is working with Dr. Jackson to examine the social, economic and political life in the community, as well as key individuals, such as the late national African Methodist Episcopal Church leader Bishop Johnson and other contemporary community members. The ethno-history project also focuses on how growing up in this community influenced and shaped the life of Jimmy Carter.
In 2011, the site hosted a program for Mr. Roosevelt Jackson, the oldest former player, manager, and scout from who was part of that same era of baseball history. Mr. Jackson has been honored in his home state of Georgia by receiving three awards including the NAACP Georgia State Conference Image Award and Living Legend Awards from the Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church and Peters Chapel A.M.E. Church in Columbus, Georgia. Jackson is a native of Gay, Georgia and during his Negro Baseball League career, he played with teams such as The Miami Globetrotters, The Buffalo Red Sox, The Danny Dodgers, The Hollywood Redbirds, and The Fort Lauderdale Braves. He was inducted into the Negro League Hall of Fame by the Committee for the Center for Negro League Baseball Research in Birmingham, Alabama in a ceremony hosted by The Museum of Negro League Baseball and The Southern League Baseball History. He also was one of the former players to have a U.S. Postage Stamp in their honor.
The National Park Service is proud to have several historic sites and monuments that you can visit to learn more about the African-American Experience. Follow the link to learn more.
Did You Know?
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, three years younger than her husband Jimmy, graduated from Plains High School in 1944 as class valedictorian receiving the highest grades in her class.