“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Plains in Sumter County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Archery, Georgia

Archery, Georgia Marker Post image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 19, 2012
1. Archery, Georgia Marker Post
Inscription. This rural community of Archery, established in the 1800ís, consisted of a train stop, houses of railroad employees, the St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church, a school for black youth, and a store. The community was named for Sublime Order of Archery, a relief organization of the A.M.E. Church which assisted the southern black families. Two permanent white families, the Watsons and the Carters, lived here. Edward Herman Watson was the Seaboard Railroad section foreman and James Earl Carter, Sr., was the father of Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States who spent his youth here. The other 25 families were African-American.

William Decker Johnson, bishop of the A.M.E. Church, became the most prominent person in Archery. He came here with the purpose of establishing a school for black youth lacking the resources for an education. The Johnson Home Industrial College opened its doors in 1912 and offered technical classes aiding students to obtain jobs. This school offered male and female students primary, high school, collegiate, and vocational classes. Bishop Johnsonís efforts for the cause of education had many faithful supporters who helped the school to flourish. Bishop Johnson is buried in the St. Mark A.M.E. Church cemetery.
Location. Marker has been reported
Archery, Georgia Marker Post image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 19, 2012
2. Archery, Georgia Marker Post
Two of the (few) remaining houses of Archery are in the background.
missing. It was located near 32° 1.743′ N, 84° 26.5′ W. Marker was near Plains, Georgia, in Sumter County. Marker was at the intersection of Bishop Johnson Circle (County Route 61) and Old Plains Highway, on the right when traveling north on Bishop Johnson Circle. Click for map. Marker was in this post office area: Plains GA 31780, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Jimmy Carter's Boyhood Farm (approx. half a mile away); Jimmy Carter Slept Here (approx. half a mile away); Always a Reckoning (approx. half a mile away); The Earl and Lillian Carter Home (approx. half a mile away); Tennis Court (approx. half a mile away); Winds of Change (approx. half a mile away); The Carter Family Garden (approx. half a mile away); Legacy of an Outdoor Childhood (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Plains.
More about this marker. The marker was erected sometime in the 1990s, and probably disappeared in 2010 or 2011.
Regarding Archery, Georgia. The Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm, now part of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, is approximately one-quarter mile east of the marker.
Also see . . .  Link to a site with photo of marker. (Submitted on June 21, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. African AmericansCharity & Public WorkEducationSettlements & Settlers
Archery, Georgia Marker Post image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 19, 2012
3. Archery, Georgia Marker Post
Looking north on Bishop Johnson Road. The county line runs down the center of the road, with Webster County on the left (west) and Sumter County on the right (east).
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 383 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 21, 2016.
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