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Archery, Georgia

At the eastern edge of Webster County stand the remains of the African-American community of Archery. As a boy, President Jimmy Carter lived about a mile up the road and in his books has shared fond memories of Archery. One of his earliest role models was Archery native William Decker Johnson, Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

From the historical marker: This rural community of Archery, established in the 1800´s, 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 Early 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 Johnson´s 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.


Jimmy Carter Boyhood Home, Archery

Owned by Jimmy Carter’s father Earl, from 1928 until 1941, the former president spent his formative years here, from the age of four until he left Sumter County for college. Though located in what is considered Plains today, this was originally a separate rural village known as Archery. The Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm is maintained today as part of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. I attended the dedication of the site a few years ago and it was one of the coldest, wettest November days I can recall. Thousands turned out to hear President Carter reminisce about his youth here. It was a wonderful day, despite the weather.

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

Carter Farm Commissary, Archery

This was the commissary for Earl Carter’s farming operations from 1928-1941.

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site