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This Day in Georgia History

August 09, 1999

Carters Received Presidential Medal of Freedom

In ceremonies at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Pres. Bill Clinton awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the nation’s highest civilian honor - to former president Jimmy Carter in recognition of his role in the Camp David peace accords, his signing of the Panama Canal treaty, and his resuming normal diplomatic relations with China. Carter was also cited for his work with Habitat for Humanity in building homes for the needy. Pres. Clinton awarded a second Presidential medal of Freedom to Rosalynn Carter for her efforts on behalf of mental health care, care for the elderly, childhood immunization, and women’s equality.