The Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum has announced a new app designed by trustee Kevin Burkman to help users easily find African American historical points of interest from Maine to Virginia and obtain information about each site, including Google Map directions.
Burkman, a geographic information analyst (GIS) was recently awarded second place in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s 2018 Mapping Contest, for Best Web Mapping Application. He developed the Museum’s “Mapping Application for African American Places, Culture, & History” to increase public awareness of the role of African Americans in culture and history, across the American landscape.
Nearly 300 sites have been verified, mostly along the I-95 corridor from Portland, Maine to Richmond, Virginia. Dozens of websites from organizations and government agencies were utilized to gather the data. The sites have been organized into major categories, including historic sites, cemeteries, and churches, as well as museums, memorials, monuments, and sites of cultural and academic importance.
For more information or to use interactive map, visit www.sourland.org/ssaam.