Hi everyone! Since my last proposal, I spent a lot of time scouring the internet for locations and details surrounding Confederate monuments and memorials that have been erected since 2000. Since then, I built out a story map page that adds some context surrounding the creation of Confederate monuments and the organizations that are building them.
I found at least 34 monuments and mapped them here. I focused on including the date they were built, the group that sponsored it, and whether or not it is on public land, because these are all topics I elaborate on after the map on the site. Is there any other information you would like to see within the pins?
Last week, I found potentially 10 more monuments in North Carolina alone that have not been mapped yet, since I wanted to focus on the writing aspect of the site.
I decided to pull images from websites that host information about these monuments–mainly hmdb.org and waymarking.com. They both are a good repository of information and pictures that I would otherwise not have access to since travel is limited in today’s world. Each entry that has an image has a link to a page with further information about the monument. I decided not to put the inscriptions on the map, as I thought it would make the pins too wordy.
Above is my section on the organizations funded and building these monuments. This section needs a little work–I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I wanted to discuss the organizations and their motives without taking up massive space on the site, but I don’t know if it is finished or done well. I would love to hear your feedback on this section.
I focused mostly on providing short biographical detail before then adding information pulled from their websites and primary source material. However, I trimmed it down to this size because it felt a bit too academic and less accesible.
After the map and the actors, I have a concluding section where I address the questions that I posed at the beginning of the site. I feel this helps keep the reader engaged with the material as well as some of the historical debates surrounding the topics. I made a google forms document that visitors can fill out with more questions or comments regarding the page, and have a google doc linked in my credits section that will serve as my works cited for the project.
Overall, I think this project is a novelty within the field of mapping these monuments, as many of the existing maps do not have interpretive elements alongs side the physical representation of space. I think that the flexibility of ArcGIS has been beneficial, especially since I can continue to make edits and changes as needed. However, I do not like the lack of citation accessibility on the site which makes incorporating primary source material harder (I’ve tried to overcome this by hyperlinking whenever relevant/possible).
Perhaps the biggest struggle I had with this project was the writing. I spent a lot of time fretting that my language choice was academic and less journalistic; and making comparisons between this medium of history and that of papers. I’m not sure if anyone else felt this way with their projects, but I would love to hear how you’ve handled something similar to this feeling. I hope you guys enjoy this and if you have any questions or suggestions, I am open to them!