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Plains in Sumter County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Baby Row

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Plains, Georgia

 

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
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By Sandra Hughes, June 19, 2012
1. Baby Row Marker
Inscription.  
Miss Julia Coleman, the Plains High School superintendent, inaugurated Baby Row in the late 1930's. A special section of the school's Friendship Garden, Baby Row horned the "Little citizens of Plains."

Mothers with their new babies in arms came to Baby Row to plant a shrub in celebration of new birth. In subsequent years, mothers and children gathered in Baby Row to hold reunions. "The Little Citizens" standing beside their shrubs would pose for pictures. When young students started first grade, they were already well familiar with the school grounds because of earlier associations.

The residents of Plains had a special place in their hearts for Baby Row. According to a county newspaper story, "One mother, whose son died his first year in school, planted an arbor vitae {in Baby Row} the year he would have graduated. It stands there along with those of other members of his class."

Like Friendship Garden, Baby Row bound together parents, teachers, administrators, and students. Miss Julia Coleman, the founder, insisted, "It was school and community spirit which developed the project."
 
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Baby Row Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 19, 2012
2. Baby Row Marker
National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationEnvironmentWomen.
 
Location. 32° 2.185′ N, 84° 23.583′ W. Marker is in Plains, Georgia, in Sumter County. Marker is on North Broad Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located left side of Plains High School under some trees. Plains Baptist Church is in the background. 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. Friendship Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Plains High School (within shouting distance of this marker); Billy Carter Service Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wise Sanitarium (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Days (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carter Warehouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Carter Peanut Warehouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); M and M Cash Store (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plains.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2012, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 321 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 25, 2012, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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