Along the Ridge Update May 2019
An advisory group consisting of approximately 50 people – including descendant family members of the enslaved persons connected to the Bonner Plantation – met for the first time on UWG's campus in early May 2019. A recap of that meeting was posted on the university's website: https://www.westga.
University leaders made the commitment to continue the ground-truthing process with Southern Research Historic Preservation Consultants to determine the boundaries of the possible Bonner cemetery site. This work was initially expected to begin in late June or early July 2019.
The University Archivist and Special Collections team in the Ingram Library also began working to complete an inventory of historical items related to the site and its historical context. This inventory of primary sources includes published histories, maps, and photographs relating to the history of the Bonner Plantation and early UWG from the university archives.
The "Connect with Us" form was developed and added to the university's website, allowing members of the public to provide personal accounts so university representatives may contact them as part of its historical research effort.