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Next-door Neighbors

 
 
Next-door Neighbors Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 19, 2012
1. Next-door Neighbors Marker
Inscription. The nearest house to ours, between the barn and the main road, was the home of a special family. Jack Clark was in charge of the barn, the mules and horses, the equipment and harness, and rarely worked in the fields... For me and the other boys... he seemed to be in charge of everything.

His wife Rachel was also special... There was something about her character and demeanor that set her apart... Her skill as a field worker, hoeing, picking cotton, or shaking peanuts was legend... Rachel was the one who took me fishing... and taught me... the names of trees and wildflowers, the habits of animals, how to avoid getting lost in the woods and swamps...

Whenever both my mother and father were away from home, I stayed with Jack and Rachel. Perhaps because of this, I felt at ease in the homes of other black families in the neighborhood. My childhood world was really theirs.
Jimmy Carter, 1999

The Clark home originally sat in the curve of the highway to your right. road work in the 1960s moved the house here. Just up the road was the whistle-stop community of Archery, consisting mostly of African-American families.

Some of the people who lived there were employed by Earl Carter to work on his farm.
 
Location. 32° 1.528′ N, 84° 25.892′ 

Next-door Neighbors Clark Home image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 19, 2012
2. Next-door Neighbors Clark Home
W. Marker is in Plains, Georgia, in Sumter County. Marker is on Old Plains Highway. Touch for map. Marker is located in Plains, Georgia on Carter Boyhood Farm Jimmy Carter National Historic Site United States Department of Interior. Marker is 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 marker. Catch the Mules ( within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith Shop ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cash Crops ( about 300 feet away); Never Far from Home ( about 400 feet away); Legacy of an Outdoor Childhood ( about 400 feet away); The Carter Family Garden ( about 500 feet away); Winds of Change ( about 600 feet away); Tennis Court ( about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plains.
 
Categories. African Americans
 
The Clarks called this old house -Home image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 19, 2012
3. The Clarks called this old house -Home
When the work was done image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 19, 2012
4. When the work was done
Cooking stove of the Clarks image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 19, 2012
5. Cooking stove of the Clarks
The dining area of the Clarks image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 19, 2012
6. The dining area of the Clarks
Next-door Neighbors Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 19, 2012
7. Next-door Neighbors Marker
Marker is on backside of house along walkway.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 300 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 25, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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