Sarah Randolph Bailey, educator, civic leader and Girl Scout leader has been honored with a permanent exhibit at the Tubman African American Museum in Macon. Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia will gather at the museum to dedicate the exhibit at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 24. The public is invited.
Bailey founded Macon’s first group of African American Girl Scouts in 1945. In the same year, she organized the first Day Camp for Negro Girl Scouts. She was later awarded the organization’s coveted Thanks Badge for her dedication and service. The Girl Scout service center in Lizella was renamed in her memory in 1994.
In the conclusion of her autobiography As I Live and Act, Bailey said, “I shall be rewarded on earth according to the way I’ve lived. To me, a healthy body, sound mind, and equal opportunities mean more than wealth; and happiness and success are the products of our gifts to the world and of our fairness and sincerity to ourselves and others.”
Bailey’s life clearly reflected the values of Girl Scouting. The preeminent leadership development organization for girls in the world, Girl Scouts is recognized for serving girls of all races and walks of life in pursuit of its mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.