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First Lady of Plains exhibit unveiled

March 29, 2004

Plains--One South Georgia woman has lived in the White House, become a world-wide leader for mental health issues, and even been inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

Rosalynn Carter has lived a remarkable life--a life that is on exhibit for all to see.

Rosalynn Carter and President Jimmy Carter attended the unveiling of the "First Lady from Plains" exhibit at Plains High School, the site of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Museum.

Both Carters attended the school. Mrs. Carter says seeing her life before her is interesting, "Particularly in this room which was the library when I was in school. I spent a lot of time here, I never dreamed I would have a Rosalynn Carter exhibit in the library."

Mrs. Carter's life from her childhood in Plains to the White House is detailed. Friends say Mrs. Carter's life today is as busy as ever. Dr. Ronda Tally, the Director of the Rosalynn Carter Institute says, "Mrs. Carter is more active now than probably when she was in the White House. She has championed so many issues and she is working through the Rosalynn Carter Institute to help caregivers around the world. She is a magnificent person. She is an example and role model for us all ."

President Carter jokingly calls his wife the "puppet master behind the leader." But, says Rosalynn is an important historical figure on her own, "I think this exhibit shows Rosalynn's life. I think it will bring to the public an awareness of what she has really done on her own initiative to help people around the world."

Mrs. Carter has received numerous honors and has dedicated her life to helping others.

Posted at 3:50 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com