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City of Austin (Austin, TX 78768-2287)
Jennifer Elizabeth Chenoweth (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Creating Community: A Geographical Approach to Inclusive History at Oakwood Cemetery

The creation of an innovative digital model to help determine the location of and provide historical context for marginalized individuals in unmarked graves in an Austin, Texas cemetery.

To construct a digital model of a three-acre segregated section of a historic cemetery. Men, women and children buried in the 1800s were of African American, Mexican American, and European American heritage; segregated due to race and class. This Level I grant project completes a 3D spatial analysis of monuments and adds the potential burial locations of approximately 88% of burials that people cannot “see.” Less than 300 monuments exist in this three-acre area that holds 2,731 burials. Therefore, it is difficult for the public to imagine that this grassy area is full of the unmarked graves of people who were marginalized in both life and in death. Poorly kept and incomplete records add to the frustrations of people researching their ancestors or cultural history. Our model of this area combines photography and lidar, adding historic data including photo, video, exhibits and legacy maps. The project culminates in community outreach call for additional historical information.

Project fields:
African American History; Archaeology; Geography

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Digital Humanities

$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2023