The State of the Atlas
If you’ve used the Atlas Dashboard this summer, you’ve probably noticed the numbers changing…
What’s new with the Atlas this summer?
The Texas Freedom Colonies Project Atlas is constantly changing – users like you are always adding stories, photos, and other information! The Texas Freedom Colonies Project Team is always making functional improvements as well. This summer Jennifer Blanks and new team member Christian Heinemann have been reviewing and consolidating entries with public input, leading to more “located” freedom colonies.
Generally, we consider a freedom colony “located” when it has a name, a location, an associated resource, and some documentation of its history as a free Black place. In February 2021, the Atlas Dashboard showed 357 located freedom colonies – now there are 415!
What’s next for the Atlas?
In addition to reviewing the amazing public input we receive, the research team will be systematically reviewing some sources that were used to built the Atlas, such as the Texas Historical Commission’s marker database, for new and updated information. Adopt-A-County volunteers will be adding new information as they research freedom colonies and new sources of data. So look for those Dashboard numbers to keep changing.
How can I help enrich the Atlas?
We have a goal to add more “visual history” for freedom colonies – do you have a family picture, newspaper article, reunion program, obituary, or even a hand-drawn map? Add it to the Atlas and help us expand the visual history of Texas freedom colonies!