Timeline: March 2017 - February 2018
Waller County, Texas, has a rich history stretching back to the antebellum period of American history. Tied to this long history are the experiences of African Americans as slaves, freed people and second class citizens during the Jim Crow era. Likewise, a central part of Waller County’s historical narrative and the black experience in the area is the story of Prairie View A & M University. This project’s focus is to create an interactive online map with an app portal in order to make this important history more accessible to the general public, grade school and college students. Key to accomplishing this task is integrating various aspects of black local history into an interactive online map which functions as a voice narrated three dimensional virtual tour of historical markers and sites around Waller County and on the campus of Prairie View. More specifically, as it relates to the digital humanities, the project’s primary aim is historical preservation through using various digital technologies, but also to recover the historical impact and cultural contributions of black residents of Waller County. The merger of current digital techniques, app technology and Waller County’s black history provides a dynamic interface from which to study history.