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Official Unveiling of Digital Smith and the Historic West End Digital Mapping Project

February 3, 2019 was the official launch of Digital Smith and the Historic West End Digital Mapping project. The unveiling of this project marks the beginning of a new era of sharing and celebrating the history and legacy of West Charlotte. University Archivist, Brandon Lunsford presented highlights of his interactive digital mapping project. The digital map incorporates historical photographs, documents, and oral histories curated by the James B. Duke Memorial Library at Johnson C. Smith University and its partner institutions. The project captures Charlotte’s only surviving African American community after urban renewal in the 1960s.

The launch event also included an update on the Reclaim37 exhibit opening April 7, 2019. The exhibit will chronicle the past and present-day narratives of historically black spaces along the Beatties Ford Road Corridor/Biddleville, which is located on the west side of Charlotte.

Immediately following the update on the Reclaim37 exhibit, Dr. Mary Love, retired editor of Church School Literature for the A. M. E. Zion Church and current adjunct professor of Christian Education at Hood Theological Seminary presented on African American subjects on United States postage stamps. Dr. Love’s interest in stamps began as a child fascinated with the variety of stamps on the letters received by her mother.

There were also performances by the Westside Cultural Arts Program, and jazz with A Sign of the Times.

For more details visit Digital Smith.