For 30 years, Beatrice Borders operated the only Black-owned birthing center for expectant mothers in Georgia.
To aid restoration efforts, the project team is searching for photographs of the house, from any era, and is developing a database of those birthed at the Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home and their descendants. Photographs shared do not have to leave their owners and can be scanned in-person.
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From the Author: Beatrice Borders was not a Sojourner Truth, fighting for women's rights; nor was she an Elizabeth Blackwell, the first African American woman to graduate from medical school. She was simply Ms. Bea, a woman living in the small, rural town of Camilla, Georgia from the 20s to the 70s, striving to help the innumerable infants who passed through her home. Like many an African American in those times, she witnessed firsthand the deplorable living conditions of the Great Depression, the rise of the Baby Boomers, and everything in between. Much of the time, jobs were scarce, workplaces were dangerous, and the home was just as unsafe. One of the greatest concerns? The epidemic of high infant mortality.
Discover in Going to Ms. Bea's how the good Lord used an ordinary woman, from an ordinary country town, to save not hundreds, but thousands of African American infants in southwest Georgia.