22 February 2016
Mapping the African American Past is a delightful way to get immersed in NYC’s African American Past.
Mapping the African American Past (MAAP) is a public website created to enhance the appreciation and study of significant sites and moments in the history of African Americans in
from the early 17th-century through
the recent past. The website is a geographic learning environment, enabling
students, teachers, and visitors to browse a multitude of locations in New York and read
encyclopedic profiles of historical people and events associated with these
locations. The site is further enhanced by selected film and music clips;
digitized photographs, documents, and maps from New York Columbia
University's libraries; and commentary
faculty and other specialists. Columbia
Since African American history is a required component in the
social studies curriculum for certain grades, the side also has a selection of Lesson
As expected, this got me interested in seeing if there were other projects using maps and more to preserve and convey African American history. Some finds include:
+ Mapping African American Historic Places in the Northeast Region [uses Google Earth]
+ Mapping the African American Experience in Maryland [resources listed by county]
Are you aware of other projects which provide a visually rich gateway into learning about local African American history using maps?
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