Historic Markers Across Georgia

Baby Row

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: at Plains High School on North Broad Street, Plains GA
County: Sumter
Coordinates: N 32° 2.185    W 084° 23.583
  32.03641666    -84.39305
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


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."

Erected by Jimmy Carter National Historic Site - National Park Service - United States Department of Interior.