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“Make Reconstruction History Visible” Mapping Project

Elaine Evans
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“Make Reconstruction History Visible” Mapping Project

Zinn Education Project


The Make Reconstruction History Visible mapping project (a Zinn Education Project) is an opportunity for students and teachers to identify and advocate for public recognition of Reconstruction history in their community and the significant accomplishments made by newly freed people and their white allies.

For this project, students (individually or as a class) are invited to identify and document accomplishments in Reconstruction history such as schools, hospitals, election sites, Freedmen’s Bureau offices, Black churches, Black newspapers, Black owned businesses, prominent individuals, organizations, key events, and more. Students can also document white vigilante violence.

After students identify a site and write text for a plaque, they can submit the information (along with images) for the Make Reconstruction History Visible online map. Each entry will credit the student or class that contributed the information. Through this process, students will learn how to research and document local history. The stories will be shared via the popular Zinn Education Project This Day in History social media series with credit to the respective student and/or class for the research and writing.

Zinn Education Project staff will be available to offer guidance about researching Reconstruction history in the students’s school district.  ZEP staff are also available to work with students (individually or as a class) to pursue making the plaque official.

For more information and how to participate:

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