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Johnson C. Smith University (Charlotte, NC 28216-5398)
Brandon Lunsford (Project Director: January 2017 to present)

Mapping the Historic West End: The Digital History of African American Neighborhoods in Charlotte, North Carolina

The creation of content to populate a digital interactive map of a 150-year-old African American neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina that is undergoing significant social change and gentrification. The project is intended to allow community residents to participate in a large-scale effort to document and engage with the city’s history.

This project will create a web and mobile app framework for publishing location-based content including historical photographs, documents, and oral histories that will populate a digital interactive map. The map will document the Historic West End, a vibrant 150 year old African American community that surrounds the university on the west side of Charlotte, North Carolina and is currently faced with gentrification and social change. This project will expand the boundaries of how libraries can use mobile technology to bring visual history and users together, and will utilize a partnership between academic and public libraries, museums, government agencies, and community members that will provide a model for other small and historically black college and university libraries that seek to bring their local history alive in the digital age.

Project fields:
African American History; History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine; Literature, General

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$69,039 (approved)
$69,039 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 8/31/2019