UConn Today: DMD Professor’s ‘Blackhaven’ Game Lets Players Unravel Mysteries of the Past. “The lingering mysteries of America’s Colonial past are the subject of a historically-themed video game, ‘Blackhaven,’ a historically-themed video game being released in late July on the online gaming platform Steam by a new professor in the Digital Media & Design (DMD) department. James Coltrain joined DMD as an assistant professor of Game Art and 3D Modeling last fall and with his studio, Historiated Games, uses documents, images, and artifacts to develop historically accurate narrative titles.”
Virginia Gazette: Library wants help finding the faces in the photos of Williamsburg’s first licensed African American photographer
Virginia Gazette: Library wants help finding the faces in the photos of Williamsburg’s first licensed African American photographer. “[Albert] Durant, the first-licensed African American photographer in Williamsburg, photographed life in the area from the late 1930s to the 1960s. Durant documented life from an African American perspective, photographing many sporting, social, school and city events during that time. Now, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library is hoping to fill in some of the blanks in Durant’s photographs. The library is working with the Library of Virginia to provide a digital collection of Durant’s photographs for the public to transcribe.” Currently about 100 photos are available with more on the way.
Digital Library of Georgia: Civil rights-era issues of Savannah’s leading African American newspaper, the Savannah Tribune, are now available freely online
Digital Library of Georgia: Civil rights-era issues of Savannah’s leading African American newspaper, the Savannah Tribune, are now available freely online. “The Digital Library of Georgia, in partnership with Live Oak Public Libraries, has made the Savannah Tribune (1943 to 1960) available for viewing at the Georgia Historic Newspapers website. The site provides access to these newspapers with full-text searching, browsing by date and title, and is compatible with all current browsers. The newspaper page images can be viewed without the use of plug-ins or additional software downloads. The archive is free and open for public use.”
Mashable: Google Assistant debuts new Black history feature for Juneteenth . “On Saturday morning, Google unveiled the addition of a Black history function, available to users of any Assistant-enabled smart speaker, smart display, or phone. Just ask ‘Hey Google, what happened today in Black history?’ and the voice assistant will recite daily history content curated by Google with the help of civil rights activist and scholar Dr. Carl Mack.”
Chowan Herald: African American Experience launches on Juneteenth. “A regional tourism initiative designed to connect people with Black heritage and historical sites will kick off Saturday. The African American Experience of Northeast North Carolina highlights the contributions of African Americans while encouraging a better understanding of the region’s cultural heritage.” The site includes a “digital heritage trail” of the sites.
USA Today: Negro Leagues stats officially incorporated into Baseball Reference’s database. “For the better part of three decades, Black baseball players competed on identical fields under the same rules as their white counterparts, but were considered inferior – even if their style of play and level of competition said otherwise. Last December, Major League Baseball took a giant step toward correcting that by officially elevating the Negro Leagues to major league status. The transformation takes another step forward Tuesday with Negro League statistics now listed alongside those of the American League and National League on Baseball-Reference.com.”
The Advocate: Southern University’s library tells more stories of former slaves as it expands online archives
The Advocate: Southern University’s library tells more stories of former slaves as it expands online archives. “The John B. Cade Library at Southern University recently expanded its online archive of slave stories, accounts told by former slaves who were interviewed in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The stories further a collection that had been compiled by the library’s namesake, who began collecting them even before serving as a dean at Southern from 1939-61.”
College of Charleston: New Digital Exhibits Explore Untold Facets of Black History in the Lowcountry
College of Charleston: New Digital Exhibits Explore Untold Facets of Black History in the Lowcountry. “Since its launch in 2014, the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI) has worked with scholars and students to produce online exhibits, each dedicated to illuminating the Lowcountry’s forgotten histories. With topics spanning enslaved African Muslims to Charleston’s first Latino communities, LDHI’s team believes digital interpretation can play a major role in the preservation of diverse stories. This semester, LDHI, hosted by the Lowcountry Digital Library at the College of Charleston, has debuted two new exhibits, Hidden Voices and the Morris Street Business District.”