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 digital archaeology, historical research, and oral history to better understand the development and demise of Rosewood. Our use of new media centers on the virtual reconstruction of the vanished landscape of Rosewood.
Another central theme for the project focuses on the legacy of racial violence in US history. This includes contextualizing Rosewood in relation to local, regional, and national trends. Ongoing oral history work illuminates the history of Rosewood, the neighboring town of Sumner, and Levy County in general. This research explores social memory, dark tourism, and issues of race and racism. You can read more about this research in the publications section.
Places like Rosewood have much to teach 21st century America regarding the legacy of inequality. Uncomfortable chapters of history require illumination. Unfortunately, Rosewood is like many other locations that seem to vanish under a fog of collective amnesia. 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.