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JCSU Awarded National Archives Grant to Create 3D Model of Former African-American Neighborhoods Decimated by Urban Renewal

Dr. Tekla Ali Johnson, Instructional Electronic Resources Librarian at Johnson C. Smith University has been awarded a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (National Archives) grant in the amount of $194,000. 

The grant will allow Johnson C. Smith University to lead the creation of 3D Modeling of a virtual site that will replicate African-American neighborhoods in Charlotte, NC that were destroyed under urban renewal. Brandon Lundsford, of JCSU’s James B. Duke Memorial Library will also contribute to the project, and JCSU undergraduate students will support the implementation of the grant once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

Other key partners included on the project are graduate students in UNC Charlotte’s Department of Special Collections, Regis Kopper University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the Duke University Digital Humanities Institute, the Levine Museum of the New South, Ms. Ely who is the founder of the Second Ward Alumni House, and the North Carolina Center for Film. 

This grant award continues Johnson C. Smith University’s legacy of uplifting voices in Charlotte’s under resourced communities and communities of color. Former works include research entitled Will they come when I Call? A research project investigating police response times in Charlotte’s Historic West End; Let There Be Light: Exploring How Charlotte’s Historical West End is Shaping a New South, an anthology discussing the complex and often controversial issues that shape the New South; and Ten Men, a narrative project capturing the stories of Charlotte’s civic and community leaders.

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