Perpetuating A Rich Legacy

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Boggs Academy, a Presbyterian school founded in 1906 in Keysville, Burke County, Georgia, under the aegis of the Board of Missions for Freedmen, Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., was an outstanding college-preparatory academy for African Americans. The school was closed in 1984. In its seventy-eight-year history Boggs Academy grew from meager beginnings to an institution of acknowledged educational excellence, recognized by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, which accredited the school in 1943. Read more of "The Life and Legacy of Boggs Academy."



OCTOBER 5-7, 2018

Chairman James Costen Jr. '72

Hello to All,
The Atlanta Chapter is pleased to announce that we are hosting the 2018 All-School Reunion. We would like to welcome each of you back to Atlanta. The dates are October 5-7, 2018.  Soon the Reunion Letter and Registration Form and the 2018 Spring News Letter will be uploaded.  If you have any questions check the Atlanta Website for updated information. We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2018 All School Reunion.

Message From Mr. Swanson:

It was so nice to get your email and I feel so honored by the BANAA gift to me. Ever since I left Boggs in the summer of 1969, I have constantly maintained that my wonderful students at Boggs taught me much more than I could have ever imparted to them. My 3 years at Boggs will always remain as the most satisfying and significant thing I ever did in my professional life. My years at Boggs were the only years I was a teacher but the impact on me have lasted a lifetime. The kind and heart-felt words that I received from my former students (and even from Boggs students before and after I was there) over the years since 1969, mean so very much to me.  They fill me with happiness and pride every day. I am so very glad I could have some small beneficial impact on the lives of so many extra-ordinary young men and women. To all the Boggs alumni, I thank you again for thinking about me and extending this nice gift of Lifetime BANAA Membership to me and all other teachers. It is most appreciated. I am hopeful I will be able to attend the next reunion. To all of my Boggs friends I say STAY WELL AND HAPPY AND NEVER STOP LEARNING.

A Lifetime Membership


Shayla Evans

Christel Bonner Young

Become a member of the Boggs Academy National Alumni Association TODAY!. Connect with fellow alumni and to stay up to date with your Alumni Association news and upcoming events. We have made several tools available for your professional and social networking.

A Life Long Journey...


To continue the legacy of Boggs Academy, special merchandise is available to you. We have Boggs Choir CD’s, caps, shirts and other items containing the Boggs logo. Your participation in the purchasing of this merchandise supports the the legacy of Boggs because it strengthens the operation of the BANAA.  Therefore, the selling of merchandise through the online store and at reunions, keeps alive our great educational heritage –  Boggs Academy.

Chairlady, Julia E. Branch-Bingham’68 | Email: | Phone contact: 516 244 4336

Click BA Store for more information.




Dear Boggsites, Former Teachers, Administrators and Anyone Else affiliated with the amazing Boggs Story,


I am, Caroline Whitcomb, a doctoral student in the field of Curriculum Studies at Georgia Southern University. After reading some of the amazing history of Boggs Academy, I decided I would like to focus on Boggs for my dissertation. As our government continues to struggle with finding the best methods and curriculum for students today, I believe that the success of Boggs Academy has the potential to offer a unique and influential perspective to all.


I am excited about the opportunity to study Boggs Academy.  My goal is to simply tell the story of Boggs from the view point of your alumni, administration and other affiliates as well as historical documents (without any preconceived bias). The direction of the dissertation will hopefully evolve as I begin to see through the various lenses of those that have been a part of your institution. All this to say, I am aware of your upcoming reunion in October. I have paid for my Associate’s Membership and   I'm more than happy to pay the reunion registration fee. I do not intend to ask questions or in any way bother your guests, I would simply like to attend as an observer with the hopes of returning again the following year and possibly speaking with anyone that is interested in sharing further about their years at Boggs.


Additional information: I grew up and live in Augusta, Georgia. My father's family has been from Burke County for generations. I am currently on the faculty at Westminster Schools of Augusta. I attended Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia and received a BA in History with a focus on Southern United States history. I received an MAT in early childhood education from Augusta State University. I have two children, Mack and Ella Parker and am married to a wonderful man, Steven C. Whitcomb (who is kindly and patiently enduring his wife's doctoral process.)


Your schoolmate, Ms. Glenda Farrell has been guiding me through this process.  She told me about the Ribbon Cutting on January 27th, at the Boggs Campus and I attended and thoroughly enjoyed my time at the library and cultural center.  I took many pictures.  Below are the following persons:


Sherry Combs, Wendy Hairston, Pearl Oliphant, Laverne Comer, Delores Parks,

Mayor Emma Gresham, Marsha Artis, Joseph Barnes, Yvonne Alford, Andrew Beckett,

Benjamin Saxon, and Belle Clark Saxon were all in attendance at the RIBBON CUTTING

of the Opening of the Emma Gresham African American Research Library and Cultural Center.