Mapping the African American Past

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About MAAPm

Back Credits

Main MAAP Site

[MAAP] showcases historic sites and people in the city, ranging from the familiar (the African Burial Ground) to the rarely acknowledged.
-- New York Times, March 2008

Mapping the African American Past (MAAP) aims to enhance the appreciation and study of significant sites and moments in the history of African Americans in New York from the early 17th-century through the recent past. Visitors can browse a multitude of locations in New York and read encyclopedic profiles of historical people and events associated with these locations. The site is further enhanced by selected film and music clips; digitized photographs, documents, and maps from Columbia University's libraries; and commentary from Columbia faculty and other specialists.

Introduction to MAAP

Mobile version notes: : MAAPm is an abridged version of the main MAAP site. MAAPm includes all locations found on the main site. Each entry includes a textual description, a reading of the description by NYC high school students, audio and video expert commentary on most entries, "then" and "now" images, and a place locator map, enough information to allow for informative walking trips.

This project was developed by CCNMTL in partnership with Columbia University's Teachers College and Curriculum Concepts International (CCI) and funded with generous support of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation .



Lower Manhattan

Back Area Map
Places south of Broome Street in downtown Manhattan

Mid Manhattan

Back Area Map
Places north of Broome Street and south of 110th Street in Manhattan

Upper Manhattan

Back Area Map
Places north of 110th Street in Manhattan

Western L.I.

Back Area Map

Eastern L. I.

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Staten Island

Back Area Map

MAAP Credits


Mapping the African American Past (MAAP) was made possible by a grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and was produced by the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) in partnership with Teachers College and Creative Curriculum Initiatives (CCI).

The MAAP Mobile (MAAPm) was produced by CCNMTL.

Columbia University Faculty

Ken Jackson, Jacques Barzun Professor in History and the Social Sciences
Kellie Jones, Associate Professor of Art History and Archaeology

MAAPm Production

Executive Producers: Frank Moretti and Maurice Matiz
Mobile site: Maurice Matiz
Graphics: Marc Raymond
Integration: Jonah Bossewitch

MAAPm is based on the jQTouch framework

NYC High School Student Readers

Gabriel Abinante, Mwanzaa Brown, Yin Chang, Jessica Dean, Chris Deelia, Molly Grant Kallins, Ama Mensah, Tiel Reardon, Caroline Rodriguez, Samantha Verini

Original Site Credits

Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning

Executive Producers: Frank Moretti and Maurice Matiz
Associate Producer: Ryan Kelsey
Producer: Mark Phillipson
Project Manager: John Frankfurt
Lead Developer: Jonah Bossewitch
Developer: Schuyler Duveen
Lead Interface Designer: Elizabeth Day
Interface Designer: Marc Raymond
Video Production Lead: Stephanie Ogden
Video Production: Michael R. Deleon
Podcast Production and Flash Development: Brian O'Hagan
Content Developer: Edward Sammons
Grants Officer: Elizabeth Manning
Quality Assurance: Briana Ferrigno and Maria Janelli

Creative Curriculum Initiatives

Executive Content Producer: Reggie Powe
Content Manager: Helen Breen
Content Developer: Elspeth Leacock

The Center for Public Archaelology at Hofstra University

Executive Director: Christopher Matthews
Director of Research and Outreach: Jenna Wallace Coplin
Content Developer: Allison Manfra McGovern
Consultants: Geri Solomon, Long Island Studies Institute,
Lynda Day, Associate Professor, Africana Studies, Brooklyn College,
Thelma Jackson-Abidally, Friends of the Booker T. Washington House,