Welcome to the Rosewood Heritage Project:
This is a place to document ongoing research into the community of Rosewood, Florida - a mostly African American town destroyed during a 1923 race riot. The project's goals center on a mixed methods approach combining documentary evidence, oral history, and archaeology to better understand Rosewood development and demise. We are also examining the use of new media to recreate the vanished landscape of Rosewood. This includes ongoing updates to the virtual world environment representing the town as it exsited in 1922.
Other themes explored as part of this project focus on the historical legacy of events like the 1923 riot in Rosewood. This includes contextualizing the history of Rosewood within local, regional, and national trends. Ongoing oral history work in Levy County continues to illuminate the history of the area. As such, we are particularly interested in exploring aspects of social memory, dark tourism, and issues of race and racism.
Historic sites like Rosewood have much to teach 21st century America regarding the legacy of inequality. Unfortunately, Rosewood is like many other locations where individuals and communities 'vanish' under a fog of collective amnesia. These hazy chapters of history haunt our group consciousness and remind us that those who forget are doomed to repeat...
Thanks for visiting the site and taking an interest in this exciting project.