Women came from all over the village of South Georgia to give birth to their baby, Beatrice Borders, a black midwife known as “Miss Bea.”
When Borders completed her midwifery run, she helped deliver around 6,000 babies, making it the only known maternity center of its kind for black women during the Black My Crow era.
The women paid the Borders what they could care for Cam Orgia B. At Williams Nursing Home in the small town of Camilla, says his granddaughter, Qu Aklin Briscon, who knew Frontier as just a “grandmother.” The highest documented payment in the remaining thousands of records was $ 55. Payment often had other forms, such as agricultural produce.
“I was so tired of the pea shelling,” said Briscon, now 70.
Those thousands of babies were born in a red summer house that still stands, despite being hit, in a neighborhood called Hill of African America.
The damage to the damage is great, and it will probably take hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring the 90-year-old building into a vision of a museum, a learning center, a tribute to obstetrics. Programs include scholarships for young people who want to become midwives, including student grants.
The significance of the historic building as a refuge for black mothers, newborns, segregation, current fragility, the center is on the list of the most endangered places in the country.
Built in the 1930s, the center was Borders House տուն named after his mother, who was also an obstetrician. The borders operated from the 1940s to the 1970s. It was later used as a childcare center, but has been vacant since 2004.
Briscon said he hopes the appointment, part of the National Historic Preservation Credentials’ annual initiative, will help mobilize resources and support to deliver a new mission in the community.
The site has already been added to the National Register of Historic Places, and the University of Georgia is working to digitize more than 4,000 records that Borders kept there. At the same time, local supporters are working with a security consultant to develop a building stabilization and restoration plan.
“To see how it was then,” he recalled, “when he flourished,: now, seeing it as the eye of the community, it really breaks my heart,” said Briscon, who was also born in the center.
The National Trust has assured Borders and its staff of persistent care for women in rural rural areas through difficult economic and domestic conditions through local systemic racism.
“This is a powerful story, yes, it’s rooted in Camilla, but it’s a much broader story, a story that continues to be relevant,” said Catherine Malone-France, National Security Officer.
“The fact that black women are dying three to four times today due to complications related to childbirth is more than likely to be an incredible place and history,” she added.
In particular, Georgia has seen its high maternal mortality rate in recent years, and labor’s access to maternity services remains fraught as hospitals struggle to maintain costly services.
All 11 sites in this year’s list of Most Endangered Places are sites focused on NSW, Native America և Asia American History.
“I think this year the whole country is thinking about justice այս these issues of justice և, I think this list shows that conservation is a powerful tool for promoting justice and fairness when we mark և preserve the places that tell our story. »: Said Malone-France.
Being on the National Trust’s list of most endangered sites could be a turning point for historic sites where locals worked to raise support. Over the years, less than 5% of the more than 300 sites on the list have lost their excavator claws. And the national group is urging the public to help Camilla, urging Congress to increase funding for the Historic Preservation Fund.
Briscoe said the public could help with their pocketbook. Supporters worked to raise funds as best they could, despite GoFundMe earning only $ 435 for the project as of Friday.
“There are so many hot dogs you can sell,” he said.
For more information:
Qu Aklin Briscon wrote Beatrice Borders Georgia B. A book about Williams Nursing Home called “Going to Mrs. Bee” is available through Amazon. Proceeds from the book will be donated to a recovery program.
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