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“Philadelphia and the Fight for Black Equality”

Creators: Aubrey, Jalilah, Mutashma, Angelina
High School Students from NY Historical Society
Type of Project:
  • Coding,
  • Multimedia,
  • Visual Art & Design
Themes of Project:
  • Culture/Heritage,
  • Digital Citizenship,
  • Resource Sharing
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About this Project:

Our project is a digital map of Reconstruction era Philadelphia, with various points that are relevant to the struggle for black liberation highlighted with analysis. The points on our map explore Francis Ellen Watkins Harper and her contribution to the Black and women’s rights movements. It provides a visual picture of where this work took place and who was involved. Specifically, it shows the geographic context of Francis Ellen Watkins Harper’s life and work, locations of her speeches, the location of the Statistical Association of the Colored People of Pennsylvania, and addresses of the petitioners who signed the Statistical Association's Petition for the Colored People of Philadelphia to Ride in the Cars in 1862. To navigate the map, click on the highlighted points. The petition contains hundreds of signatures, and 100 are mapped. This project is a work in progress still, but it shows at least a sample size of the addresses and their locations in Philadelphia.

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Community Feedback:

Great Design
Makes Me Think

Feedback from the Judges:

Holly Tienken
👏 Associate Professor, Art & Design at Kutztown University — Emoti-Con Judge
I have never seen this mapping application before, I loved the way you used the tool to tell a visual story! Hovering over some of the names provides details about them, which I greatly enjoyed and encourage you to build that out for each name as you continue your work on the project. The tone of the map and the colors you selected work well for your topic.

Feedback from the Community:

👏 a High School Student from NYHS
Really interesting and a great use of your medium!

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