Immediately after receiving the preliminary findings from Southern Research, representatives from UWG's Center for Diversity and Inclusion began connecting with possible descendant family members of the enslaved persons of the Bonner Plantation community in the ongoing effort to bring honor and reverent remembrance to the endeavor.
On Monday, March 25, an email was sent to all university employees informing them of the next site visit by consultant firm Southern Research from March 26-28.Southern Research visited campus, using GPR to survey the areas where historical documents suggested the cemetery might be located. Two areas where the GPR suggested graves were present were chosen for excavation.
On Monday, Jan. 14, an email was sent to all university employees informing them that representatives from Southern Research would return to campus that week to continue the comprehensive mapping project. Following their visit, Southern Research submitted its second progress report to UWG officials, detailing the excavation of three additional test units in the vicinity of Melson Hall.
The Bonner Plantation Archaeological Survey committee convened to discuss the launch and scope of the comprehensive mapping project to be conducted by Southern Research. On Monday, Dec. 17, an email was sent to all university employees informing them of the survey to begin the following day, Dec. 18, and that would likely last several days.
The Bonner Plantation Archaeological Survey committee – consisting of representatives from Academic Affairs; Business and Finance; University Advancement; Office of the President; and Southern Research – convened to discuss the possibility of an archaeological survey near Melson Hall to verify theories that the area is the site of a former cemetery.