Over the course of our research, we have tried to determine the location of every historic school, in addition to who attended or instructed at the facility. As a result we have developed two types of map collections:
Many historic maps already exist in the files and will be scanned for the benefit of the public, as well as deeds and information on how schools were constructed.
Digital Map Application
We have also developed a prototype digital app to show the location of segregation-era schools, administrative buildings and teacher cottages (private and public). Popups contain historical and contemporary photographs, the street address or coordinates and links to more information on our website. Eventually we plan to overlay layers of historic routes, locations of petitions, boundaries of Black communities and other features of historical interest.
The app now uses Google technology, so it will easy to achieve driving and walking directions; but before visiting a site, the user must obtain permission to enter the property. We do plan on annual tours to specific interesting sites; but except for those organized events, use of the mapping tool does not convey any license to enter a property. We also plan on software upgrades in 2019 in order to show routes to schools, bus stops, segregated community polygons and other tools. Many students went to more than one schools, e.g. Willisville, then Banneker or Saint Louis, then Douglass. We hope to show these patterns on the map, as they evolved over time.
Please note: Some of these school sites are on PRIVATE property. Before visiting a site, the user must obtain permission to enter the property. Use of the mapping tool does not convey any license to enter a property.