DOCTORAL STUDENT SELECTED BOGGS ACADEMY COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL AS HER DISSERTATION PROJECT
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is to simply tell the story of Boggs from the view point of your alumni, administration and other affiliates as well as historical documents (without any preconceived bias).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.