Mapping the Black Town

Location: Andalusia Public Library

March 28, 2024 - March 28, 2024
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  • March 28, 2024 - March 28, 2024
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Cartography, or mapmaking, has existed since the 7th millennium BC. However, well-known maps, just like well-known historical writing, are usually produced by those who exercise political power and overlook the perspectives of groups who lack power. This presentation focuses on the development of cartography from Black perspectives of community — including internal understanding of Black settlements often known as "the bottoms" or "the quarters" — as well as discussion of how to share such information with both insiders and outsiders interested in local history.

Andalusia Public Library, Dunson Street, Andalusia, AL 36420
Contact: Sue Bass Wilson / 334.504.0516