Jimmy Carter’s tiny hometown braces to say goodbye

February 22, 2023

The peanut was presented to Jimmy Carter during a campaign event in Evansville, Ind., in 1976. Every three years for the last 20, Jimmy Carter’s hometown hired the handyman-slash-mail carrier to repaint the roadside statue, a relic from the former president’s 1976 campaign. A red, white and blue banner greets visitors on Main Street: HOME OF JIMMY CARTER. “You just want it to be peaceful.”© Matt McClain/The Washington Post Carter’s niece, LeAnne Smith on Monday. He came back to Plains.”© Matt McClain/The Washington Post Carter's brother Billy used to run the gas station here in Plains, Ga.