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How The Map Works

The map has two main components:

  1. socio-spatial information relevant to the history of Chicago’s Black social cultures, much of which we continue to import from a legacy archive;
  2. and newly collected primary sources that speak to the complexity and fullness of these cultures.

All of this data has been aggregated during the development and production of CBSCM mapping sessions and public programs since 2018 and is still ongoing.

New assets include a range of performances, panel discussions, and workshops documented through on-site photography and videography, as well as data captured during live community archiving events including on-site oral history interviews, audio archiving stations, and still and moving image capture stations.

We invite new entries and information to be added to the map through our Contribute an Item page.