The Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home was the residence of Beatrice Borders, a Black midwife who used the space to serve communities in southwest Georgia during the Jim Crow era.
Over several decades, Mrs. Borders and her assistants persevered through local and systemic racism to deliver more than 6,000 babies, and the Nursing Home provided the only known birthing center of its kind for thousands of Black women in the rural South during times of challenging economic and living conditions.
The vacant nursing home, now uninhabitable, suffers from water damage and deterioration.
Local advocates are leading a campaign to rehabilitate the facility as a museum and educational center where they can share Mrs. Borders’ story as well as the stories of the children delivered by “Miss Bea.”
The Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home was placed on America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2021 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.