Explore African-American History with New App

Kevin Burkman, Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum Trustee and GIS Analyst receives congratulations from Angela Witcher, Manager, Division of Information Technology, Bureau of GIS.

The Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum is pleased to announce a new app designed by Trustee, Kevin Burkman, to help users easily find African American historical points of interest from Maine to Virginia and obtain information about each site including geographic locations and data, categories, short descriptions, and live website links for more detailed site information, and Google Map directions.

Burkman, a geographic information analyst (GIS), was recently awarded second place in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s 2018 Mapping Contest, for Best Web Mapping Application. He developed the Museum’s Mapping Application for African American Places, Culture & History to increase public awareness of the role of African Americans in culture and history, across the American landscape.

Nearly 300 hundred sites have been verified, mostly along the I95 corridor, from Portland, ME to Richmond VA. Dozens of websites from organizations and government agencies were utilized to gather this data. The sites have been organized into major categories, including historic sites, cemeteries and churches, as well as museums, memorials, monuments, and sites of cultural and academic importance.

For more information or to use the interactive map, visit www.sourland.org/ssaam.

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