Lillian Carter play to be presented at JCNHS

Published 9:00 am Saturday, March 21, 2015

PLAINS — In honor of National Women’s History Month, the staff at the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site (JCNHS) will honor the contribution of great women to the success of the American nation. Lillian Gordy Carter, mother of Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States, was a well-known and respected registered nurse in Plains and Archery. Lovingly referred to as Miss Lillian, she was best known for her caring and nurturing demeanor, best exemplified by her unwillingness to conform to racial stereotypes which dominated the segregated Jim Crow South.

To honor her memory and contributions to the American Presidency and thus the United States, the Plains Historical Preservation Trust has commissioned a play about Miss Lillian. Research conducted by Annette Wise and Kim Fuller was utilized to craft the play which transports the audience through the life of Miss Lillian, beginning with her nurses training at Wise Sanitarium in the 1920s and ending with the changes she endured during the mid-1970s as she entered into volunteer work through the Peace Corps in India. As the story unfolds, one learns of Miss Lillian’s love for nursing and her unwavering ability to help those in need. The life of this remarkable woman is told through dramatic presentation as the viewer learns of some of the hardships as well as the joys of Miss Lillian’s life.

Lillian Gordy Carter: The Play will be presented in partnership with the JCNHS, the Plains Historical Preservation Trust, and the Plains Better Hometown Program at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Plains High School (PHS) Museum auditorium. There is no admission fee and light refreshments will be provided following the program.