Dora Dee "Mother" Walker
Dora Dee “Mother” Walker worked as a county agent before the Smith-Lever Act made the Cooperative Extension Service a national program. Starting in 1911 in Barnwell County, Walker was appointed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work with both youth and adults in the County Tomato Club. When Extension was created three years later, she became the state’s first “home demonstration agent,” a post in which she served until she retired in 1946. Mother Walker’s 35-year career saw her travel the state to teach new methods of canning, drying and other phases of food conservation and led to the creation of the first Home Demonstration Club for women in the Bethel Community of Sumter County.