4
4

Forgotten Pieces of Georgia

$20 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 2 people in 6 months
Help me document abandoned small business buildings throughout Georgia that now sit decaying to the mists of time!

The Project:

30479448_1528742041862272_r.jpeg

I started this project as a photographer in Georgia. I was out driving back roads one weekend looking for some inspiration and came upon Sparta, Ga in Hancock County.

This small city  southeast of Georgia was once a prosperous part of Georgia's cotton industry. After the arrival of the boll weevil in the 1920s the cotton industry was decimated.

When the cotton industry died out, a Furniture company bought the old Sparta cotton warehouse and remodeled it as Sparta Furniture Company. The company made table and other furniture legs and was in business for a few decades under different owners before closing in 2001.

30479448_1528742129848440_r.jpeg

During it's years of prosperity, Sparta had 37 small businesses up and down Broad Street. After the loss of the factory, the largest single non-governmental employer in the city, many of the residents moved to Macon, Augusta and Atlanta to find work.

With the exodus of residents, the small businesses struggled to stay afloat until today only around 9 remain and many of those are only open a few days a week.

As I captured these abandoned buildings in Sparta sitting empty and decaying, some totally falling apart, my project Forgotten Pieces of Georgia started to form.

My goal with this project is to document as many of these buildings in all 159 counties in Georgia, shooting stills and also doing mini-documentaries on each county as well. I plan to eventually release the photos as a book with as much history on each and their towns and counties as I can research.

30479448_1528742169236131_r.jpeg

The funds raised here will be used for expenses to film each county's mini-documentary. These films will be release via the Forgotten Pieces of Georgia YouTube channel.

If there is enough interest I may turn the stills into a phone book, stay tuned on that idea.

Please donate!

Help me document the past
and bring these old buildings 
some new life in history and
hopefully preservation!

Thank You!!
+ Read More
Make sure you check out the Cobb County video, I will be shooting Douglas County next!
+ Read More
Remember if you have not seen it yet, check out the latest Cobb County video on our Youtube channel and please share out this donate page to your friends and followers!
+ Read More
I just posted the newest video on Cobb County, Ga to my Youtube Channel. Stop by and Like and Subscribe to stay informed on the progress of this project!!!
+ Read More
So I had to delay the follow up with the Sparta Newspaper Editor, she had to go out of town last week, so hopefully we can meet with her this weekend~
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update

$20 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 2 people in 6 months
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
   Connect
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
NM
$10
Nicole Mcgregor
5 months ago
$10
Anonymous
6 months ago
or
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.