Mapping the History and Memory FOR and WITH the Whitely Community in Muncie

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Mapping the History and Memory FOR and WITH the Whitely Community in Muncie


The Whitely Community is a traditionally African American neighborhood in Muncie that, from a historical point of view, has not been “on the map”, both literally and metaphorically. The aim of this interdisciplinary immersive learning project is to produce paper and virtual maps together with the neighborhood association and the broader community to tell personal histories of Whitely in time and space. Special emphasis is given to so-called story maps that combine individual accounts, memories of place, images and videos and allow map users to navigate through the past and present of the neighborhood.


Maps and other visual materials produced with and for the Whitely Community.


GEOG434 class (Spring 2022)


Spring 2022


Geography 434: Maps, Environment, and Society

Ethan Smart
Hannah Simmons
Morgan Toschlog
Lily Whitehurst
Robert Dorbritz
Ky'Lie Garland-Yates
Nathaniel Grigsby
Lydia Hale
Branson Koons
Ryker Kuntz
Jackson Longenbaugh
Kelsey Norwalk
William Privett
Blake Shanayda

Jörn Seemann

Collection Items

Borders in Whitely
This map aims to tell the rich history of all the borders and obstacles the black community within Whitely has faced and overcome.

Data Management
The first step in data management for this course was to acquire as much geographic data as possible to support any potential research / production paths. This resulted in 130GB of data and imagery from three primary sources (IndianaMAP, Indiana…

Game Board
Interactive game board that allows friends and families to learn about the Whitely community in a fun creative way.

The Churches of Whitely
An online resource sharing about churches histories and impact in the Whitely community in Muncie, Indiana.

Shaffer Chapel Museum Digitization
Digitization of the Shaffer Chapel Museum timeline using QR codes.

A documentation of the changes in Whitely's street name history and the potential inspiration for their modern names
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