Little Known Black History Fact: Beatrice “Miss Bea” Borders

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The Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home remained a working facility until its close in 1971, the same year that Borders passed away. Borders was recognized as one of the top entrepreneurs in the city. While many of the items in the facility are still within the building, it is now abandoned, with hopes of being restored by the city of Camilla. The home is listed in the Georgia Register of Historic Places. It is currently awaiting recognition by the National Register for cultural heritage and its placement in women’s history. Jacquelyn Briscoe and Brenda Smiley nominated the facility for designation into the registry.

The Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home Committee Inc. has launched a restoration project to honor Mrs. Beatrice Borders and to save and restore this historic birthing home that she owned and operated. Once restored, the facility will be made into an interactive museum and community resource center. In addition to teaching tours, the center plans to award scholarships to students who are studying midwifery, nursing or child care. The cost of restoration is $300,000. City officials fear that deterioration will occur if the facility is not restored in a timely fashion.

Contributions are to be made payable to GBWNC and mailed to GBWNHC,  23 East Beacon Street, Camilla, GA 31730.

For more information contact Chairperson Mary Jo Haywood at 229.336.5728 or committee member, Jackie Briscoe at 706.817.8512 or  e-mail gbwilliams176@hotmail.com.

Donations of any size are accepted and appreciated.

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