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Art Program honors former President Carter
By DeAllous Smith

Hartsfield-Jackson, in partnership with the Carter Center, on June 22 will unveil an exhibit dedicated to the achievements, influence and life of Jimmy Carter, a former Georgia governor and the nation’s 39th president.

The exhibit, “Jimmy Carter: Georgia’s Native Son,” will trace Carter’s steps from his humble upbringing in Plains to his rise in statewide politics — as a two-term state senator and a one-term governor. The collection also will feature mementos of Carter’s quest to become America’s commander in chief and samples of the Carter Center’s humanitarian efforts.

“It’s very fitting that the world’s busiest airport honors Jimmy Carter, the first and only native Georgian to become president of the United States,” said David Vogt, Airport Art Program manager. “His influence on human rights has reshaped laws in many nations and improved the quality of life for countless people around the world.”

Vogt said the collection will feature photographs of the Carter family, furniture owned by the Carters, handwritten poems, campaign memorabilia and paintings that Carter created at Camp David, a military camp in Frederick County, Md.

The Carter Center also will showcase other countries’ election ballots and will highlight the organization’s efforts to eradicate Guinea worm disease.

“This exhibit promises to be an unforgettable experience for our travelers,” Vogt said. “It’s a snapshot of the larger time capsule that travelers can enjoy at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum in Atlanta.”

“Jimmy Carter: Georgia’s Native Son” will be displayed in the walkway that connects the main security area and Concourse T. Travelers can enjoy this free exhibit through July 2011.

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