Community, Plant Bowen volunteers help preserve the final resting place of 333 Black Pioneers. Read about the project and the legacy.

Community, Plant Bowen volunteers help preserve the final resting place of 333 Black Pioneers. Read about the project and the legacy.

Media release: The Plant Bowen Citizens of Georgia Power chapter started their Legacy Project to help the City of Euharlee restore Black Pioneers Cemetery. The cemetery was in use from approximately 1830-1900 and had over 300 graves. It was largely forgotten until 2002, when Euharlee Historical Society saved the site from development. Volunteers started by paving the trail system with the ultimate goal of having all graves permanently marked and provide ongoing maintenance.

Eighteen citizen volunteers completed the trail system restoration from Plant Bowen.  The Bowen team was assisted by city employees who operated the heavy equipment. Plant Bowen also provided a stump grinder to help complete the work.

The historical restoration project first started under the leadership of our former Citizen Chapter president, Taryna Whiteman, several years ago as a point of community pride.  That community commitment remains, and the work continues under Plant Bowen’s Citizen President Jonathan Blair.

“Completing the trail system is a top priority for the Plant Bowen Citizens,”  said Blair, who watched the project tabled first by inclement weather later thanks to COVID. “This is the first opportunity we had to continue our work, but we are committed and have no plans to quit until the full trail system is complete.”

Thanks to the support from the Euharlee Historical Society and the $5,000 donation from the Georgia Power Foundation, the volunteer team will soon complete the restoration.

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