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Rededication to Mark Conversion of Boggs Academy

Date 04 May 1996 20:32:33


95355   Rededication to Mark Conversion of Boggs Academy  
                    to Boggs Rural Life Center 
                      by Jerry L. Van Marter 
KEYSVILLE, Ga.--The culmination of a "special success story" for the 
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will be marked Oct. 22 when Phelps 
Administration Building at Boggs Rural Life Center (BRLC) in Burke County, 
Ga., is rededicated. 
     The center was created in 1991 when the PC(USA) deeded the property of 
the former Boggs Academy to a consortium of local and national groups. 
Since then, buildings have been restored and rural community development 
programs initiated on the site of the former boarding school for black 
     Gilbert Banks, chair of the BRLC board of directors, said the 
rededication "will provide an opportunity to celebrate a major 
accomplishment and reaffirm the mission of Boggs as a place for learning 
and demonstrating creative approaches to human and community development." 
     According to Jinny Miller, chair of the rededication committee and a 
member of the General Assembly Council of the PC(USA), "the Boggs 'rebirth' 
has been a special success story in the PC(USA). With our formal covenant 
relationship and ongoing GAC involvement, the partnership of the PC(USA) 
with Boggs' local and national leadership has produced very exciting 
     Presbyterian Women (PW) provided key funding for the Phelps Building 
renovation with a grant of $375,000 from its 1992 Birthday Offering. 
Miller was vice moderator of PW at the time. 
     Reservations for the event and additional information about Boggs 
Rural Life Center may be obtained by calling Deena Jones at the center at 
(706) 554-0110. 

For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
  Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
  phone 502-569-5504            fax 502-569-8073  
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