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Jimmy Carter opens exhibit

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Former President Jimmy Carter stopped by Tifton, to celebrate the opening of "Jimmy Carter: Georgia's Native Son" exhibit.

He assisted in the ribbon cutting at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village.

The exhibit chronicles President Carter's remarkable life from his roots in Plains to his White House years and humanitarian career through The Carter Center.

Susan Adicks came to get a second glimpse of former President Jimmy Carter.

"I am originally from Columbia, South Carolina and our high school band got to play for jimmy Carter and after his speech he came up and talked to each member of the band, so I thought it would be a great honor to see him again," says Susan Adicks, Tifton.

She brought her son to see the exhibit and experience a piece of history.

"The many accomplishments that he did as a president, to me a president has a lot of responsibility once he is in office, and to me it is just an honor to be in a country where we have great men who rule the country, or help run the country," says Adicks.

The "Jimmy Carter: Georgia's Native Son" exhibit has been at the Atlanta Airport for the last year and now is in it's new home at Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village.

"It displays the early years of president carter's life when he grew up without electricity, grew up on a peanut farm, went on to become president of the US and now travels the world trying to help people around the world," says Dr. Jay Hakes, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum Director.

The display is packed with rare photos and artifacts.

"He knew exactly where each picture was taken, and these pictures span probably 50 years and he could tell everybody where the picture was taken," says Polly Huff, Gallery Curator.

The exhibit gives viewers a snapshot of President Carter's life, as a peanut farmer, politician, president, humanitarian, and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

"He is one of three president that have won a noble peace prize but the only president who was a peanut farmer, so he is really in his element here," says Hakes.

And Dr. Hakes says Carter still keeps up with the peanut market.

The "Mules & Presidents" exhibit feature a sample of Huey and Anne Wheelers' work from across the country and several never before displayed pieces, including a life-size face jug of President Carter bearing his signature, documented to be the only piece of pottery in existence with the signature of a President of the United States.

The pottery exhibit will remain open until January 2012 and the Carter exhibit will be at the Museum until April, 2012.

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