Hampden-Sydney College is one of five institutions of higher education recently selected to participate in On These Grounds, a digital humanities initiative made up of a core team of experienced digital history experts, archivists, and historians of slavery from Michigan State University, Georgetown University, and the University of Virginia, focused on revealing the lives of enslaved people at colleges and universities. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, On These Grounds will allow participating schools to build on the groundbreaking work that has already been done at these and other institutions to better understand the many roles enslaved persons played in the history of institutions of higher education.
“It is really a privilege to be selected to join a community of scholars committed to this important research, and to have support from the big names in this area of study,” said Elliott Professor of History Caroline Emmons, who also directs the College’s Center for Public History. “The resources and knowledge of these researchers will be enormously helpful for those of us undertaking this work on campus, and this public history work will not only teach and inform our students, but also let them be participants in the production of historical knowledge.” Team members include Dr. Emmons, Sarah Almond (College Archivist and Digital Projects Librarian), Shaunna Hunter (Director of Bortz Library), and Mary Prevo (Senior Lecturer in Art History).
The five institutions selected as testing partners in the On These Grounds initiative are:
- Hampden-Sydney College
- Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
- The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- University of Georgia
- Washington and Lee University