Welcome to the Virtual Rosewood Research Project (aka 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 uses a mixed methods approach combining archaeology, documents, oral history, and new media to investigate the history of Rosewood, Florida.
The next phase of the project centers on additional archaeological fieldwork (presently scheduled to begin in 2018) and a massive update to the virtual world environment. This includes producing a more interactive experience. Click on the Rosewood Announcements page for more information.
The project also draws on Rosewood as a case study to explore the legacy of racial violence in US history. This includes contextualizing Rosewood in relation to local, regional, and national trends. This research explores social memory, dark tourism, and issues of race and racism. Access articles and chapters on publications.
Places like Rosewood have much to teach 21st century America regarding the legacy of inequality. This project seeks to recover the history of Rosewood from the haze of amnesic history which hid it for generations. These hazy chapters of history haunt our collective memory and remind us that those who forget are doomed to repeat…
Thanks for visiting the site and taking an interest in this exciting project.