Road-Trip Entry # 6- Honoring The Hero Of Plains

“Our American values are not luxuries but necessities – not the salt in our bread but the bread itself.” (Jimmy Carter)

Wednesday’s road trip visit from Lake Blacksheer resort took place in Plains, Georgia, President Jimmy Carter’s birthplace and present home. After our sad visit to the Andersonville POW landmark on Tuesday, clearly the issue of dignity for humankind lingered in my mind as I pondered why I had wanted to make this excursion. Know as well that I grew up amid the twin tragedies of the Vietnam War/Watergate Trial era. Jimmy Carter’s strong views concerning civil rights, world peace, and community service as President from 1977-1981,  I believe thus inspired me to teach American History to my middle/high school students in a more humanistic way. So it made sense for several reasons that this first visit to Plains  would interest me to discover how Jimmie’s “upbringing” as a child and teenager in Plains foreshadowed his success as a future leader of this country.

During this four hour visit to Plains, we visited key sites from Jimmy’s pre-adult past. In touring each of those special places, I curiously probed his school accomplishments, family relations, and personal hobbies. I also wondered how deeply the Jimmy Carter legacy resonated throughout the Plains community today. To maintain our stamina’s on this hot summer day, our tour would thus be split up into two parts. In the morning, we concentrated on historic sites of Jimmy interest solely within the town limits of Plains. After a simple diner lunch on Town Square, we traveled west a few miles out of town to examine the former Jimmy Carter family home. Our road trip will next turn south for a three day visit to New Orleans, Louisiana. Enjoy the photos.

Jimmy Carter was the first American President born in a hospital on October 1, 1924. The building still stands today as a Nursing Center.
Jimmy Carter graduated from Plains High School in 1941. This institution now houses the main complex of the Jimmy Carter National Visitor Center.
Jimmy received a stern disciplinary education in classrooms like this at an all white segregated high school .
Yet throughout his formative years, he found warm friendship ties in the surrounding black community.
One of Jimmy’s most influential teachers at Plains High School Miss Julia Coleman became a caring role model for Jimmy. She also challenged him to obtain a a well rounded education including music, arts, and literature.
Three miles outside of town, Jimmy Carter lived his pre-adult years with his parents Lillian and Earl Carter at this plain, white farmland home.
On the farm, Jimmy developed a strong love of reading in his spare time. Here are some of the books he might have read then.
Survival on a farm seemed difficult for Jimmy’s family in these post depression times. Thus he modeled from his parents the values of frugality, moral character and hard work.
Jimmy developed strong Christian beliefs growing up by regularly attending religious services with his family. Today he gives back to his community as a volunteer Sunday school teacher at this Baptist Church.
Jimmy Carter remains a “larger than life” hero in the Plains community to this day.
Rosalynn, his wife remains a cherished figure in his life. He gave her this bouquet of flowers recently on their 75th wedding anniversary.

5 thoughts on “Road-Trip Entry # 6- Honoring The Hero Of Plains

  1. Informative essay, i just wonder sometimes how are americans reacting to the present situation with US finally pulling out of afghanistan. Good to know you taught History usfman.

    Morning from India
    Nara x


  2. What one realizes is how under appreciated he was during his presidency. It wasn’t until after he left office did our nation truly realize what a treasure they had. A very righteous man!


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