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Georgia College and State University (Milledgeville, GA 31061-3375)
Shaundra Walker (Project Director: May 2018 to August 2022)

Common Heritage
Preservation and Access

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$12,000 (approved)
$9,283 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2021

Documenting Milledgeville's African American History

This project will expand the community’s cultural heritage by digitizing materials documenting the area’s African American history. The opportunity to highlight the community’s lived experience capitalizes upon existing community-led/involved efforts on this topic. Community members will receive training in caring and preserving their cultural heritage materials and will have their materials scanned for their own personal use. If elected, their materials will be included in local, regional and national digital repositories. Selected items will be featured in a traveling exhibit that will visit several sites of cultural significance. A humanities scholar will lead a lecture that will use the history of a historic community school to engage participants in a discussion of the history of the community. Community griots will also speak briefly at the lecture. By focusing on several areas of cultural significance, this project will leverage the community’s pride in their stories.