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MD-268918-20

Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL 33431-6424)
Christopher Maraffi (Project Director: June 2019 to present)
Exploring the Roots of Freedom: Augmented Reality Tour for Mitchelville South Carolina Gullah-Geechee Heritage Site

Development of a multiformat project on the history of Mitchelville, South Carolina, the first Freedman’s town in the United States during the Civil War.

Mitchelville was the first Freedman’s town in the United States during the Civil War, a central feature of the Port Royal Experiment in African American self-governance, and now a Gullah-Geechee heritage site on Hilton Head Island South Carolina. Our project is to create an augmented reality tour application that will immerse site visitors in Mitchelville’s rich history and culture. Tourists will be able to literally follow in the footsteps of figures from history, picking up virtual 3D artifacts to examine, and interact with historical personalities like Harriet Tubman, General Mitchel, and Robert Smalls. The augmented reality tour will feature Gullah-Geechee storytelling and dance performances to make the experience more culturally diverse and authentic for year-round visitors to the park. Our goal is to present Reconstruction history as both educational and entertaining for visitors to a heritage site, while digitally preserving its cultural assets for future generations.

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Project fields:
African American History; Media Studies; U.S. Regional Studies

Program:
Digital Projects for the Public: Discovery Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2020 – 2/28/2021