Tuskegee Universe

The idea of a Black Social World grows from the spatial relations that are evident when you examine the black communities that developed after Reconstruction in the South. In particular, I've been intrigued by the close connection between black communities connected to Booker T. Washington. In Cities Imagined, we presented a set of documents that highlight the creation of community and economic empowerment linked to Booker T. Washington.  Before the project's publication, I created a visual primer for students using the Negro Year Book (NYB) from 1916 to map some information on black communities. Educating a wider black public about the state of blackness on a global scale was a goal for NYB. Led by Monroe Work, the founding director of Department of Records and Research at the Tuskegee Institute, the assessment of the black experience in the NYB was a vital wellspring of information for black Americans and the only source of consistent information on subjects like lynching and economic development of African Americans. The Washington approach to separation and cooperation in the early 20th century offered a vision of empowerment to many rural black Americans.  What my examination Hannibal Square and Eatonville make clear to me is a vision of black citizenship shaped by a context of black property owners choosing paths of separation, or collaborative partnership are essential to take into account.

Tuskegee Universe: A StoryMap Experiment

StoryMapJS is a free tool developed by Knight Lab to help tell a story over time and across space. This map is based on the network of connection related to Booker T. Washington’s vocational education activism.



Mapping the contours of the knowledge universe linked to the Tuskegee University is one way to understand the Tuskegee Universe in the United States after Reconstruction. How did African American see black spaces in the post-Reconstruction world. Examining the Negro Year Book is a great way to understand that landscape.