Indigenous Language Path Working Group


President Fenves announced the reappointment and expansion of the Task Force on Untold Stories and Disenfranchised Populations in October 2020. In their report, delivered on April 1, 2021, the Task Force proposed a number of recommendations to memorialize Indigenous peoples who previously lived on land now owned by Emory, including the development of "physical reminders and remembrance rituals on campus, such as a Muscogee (Creek) Language Path that highlights Muscogee language and knowledge."

In fall 2021, the Emory Board of Trustees approved an official Land Acknowledgment Statement that "acknowledges the Muscogee (Creek) people who lived, worked, produced knowledge on, and nurtured the land where Emory's Oxford and Atlanta campuses are now located" and announced Emory's commitment to humbly and continually "seek to honor the Muscogee Nation and other Indigenous caretakers."


Building on the recommendations of the Task Force on Untold Stories and Disenfranchised Populations, President Fenves charged the Indigenous Language Path Working Group with:

  • Drafting a Request for Proposals for landscape and other artists to design physical reminders on the Oxford and Atlanta campuses that highlight Muscogee land and knowledge in relation to the land and history, and places for sharing knowledge. 
  • Developing plans for facilitating community input on the design proposals. 
  • Conducting research about Emory's history and and its relations to Native American and Indigenous peoples that is relevant for the development of this project and sharing that research with the Emory Libraries to build on archives and materials.
  • Identifying opportunities for future academic and community collaborations to foster a pedagogy of place and proposing ways to orient the campus communities to the physical reminders and educate the community about their significance through continued engagement with Indigenous communities, annual events, campuswide programming, and orientation for new students to the Oxford and Atlanta campuses.  

The working group, co-chaired by Professor Malinda Maynor Lowery, Cahoon Family Professor in American History, and the Rev. Gregory W. McGonigle, University Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life, will present their recommendations to the president by May 2022.

Working Group Membership


Email the chairs

Professor Malinda Maynor Lowery 
Cahoon Family Professor in American History, Emory College

Bio of Professor Lowery

Rev. Gregory W. McGonigle
University Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life

Bio of Rev. McGonigle

Once the group is fully determined, all members will be listed.