Plains in Sumter County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Worst Job
Young boys like Jimmy Carter hated "mopping cotton." To kill boll weevils, they mixed arsenic with molasses and water, then walked the rows with buckets and a rag mop, daubing sticky poison onto the cotton buds.
It was a job for boys and not men, and we despised this task.
After a few hours in the fields our trousers, legs, and bare feet would be saturated with the syrupy mess. Jimmy Carter, 1975 Why not the Best?
Erected by Jimmy Carter National Historic Site - National Park Service - United States Department of Interior.
Location. 32° 1.563′ N, 84° 25.937′ W. Marker is in Plains, Georgia, in Sumter County. Marker is on Old Plains Highway, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located in Plains, Georgia on Carter Boy Hood Farm Jimmy Carter National Historic Site United States Department of Interior. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Plains GA 31780, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Never Far from Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Legacy of an Outdoor Childhood (within shouting distance of this marker); Catch the Mules (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); The Carter Family Garden (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Winds of Change (about 300 feet away); Next-door Neighbors (about 300 feet away); Tennis Court (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plains.
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 345 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 25, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.