Interactive map of Black Central Europe

Created by students at the University of Michigan, this map of Black Central Europe aims to render what has long been invisible – the history of Black people in Central Europe – visible.

Our map offers detailed explorations of different figures, events, organizations, and objects from the past, showing the reader where they lived and migrated.


The Black Central Europe Map also illuminates German representations and productions of Blackness and Black people. It highlights German artworks, music, literature, and other cultural products that depicted Black people throughout history.

This map would not have been made possible without the support of the University of Michigan’s History department, German department, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS), and the University of Michigan Library. We especially thank Mara Blake and Justin Joque.

The students who created this map are:
Taiye Adolphus, Maria Backman, Cody Barlow, David Bartek, Alexander Bedard, Shadae Boakye-Yiadom, Brittany Boyle, Caitlyn Brennan, Andrew Canvasser, Bryan Carbone, Jasmine Craft, Siyi Chen, Devanté Coleman, Rachel Connolly, Adelia Davis, Kayla Deering, Jacqueline Dressler, Jessica Ebeling, Taylor Ferguson, Drue Froeschke, Dana Giddens, Audrey Gilmour, Carley Gordon, Natalie Greifer, Courtney Griffin, Michael Griffin, Kyleigh Hamacher, Zachary Hampel, Emily Hotaling, Philipp Huettemann, Marcus Jackson, Olajumoke Jegede, Tiara Jones, Hope Kennedy, Corrina Lee, Zahria Little, Victoria Lucas, Andrew Markman, Imran Hakim Mohamedsha, Westley Montgomery, Amanda Nilsen, Raven Odom, Rian Ratnavale, Kamaaria Sanders, Nicholas Simon, Randal Smith, Thomas Steffens, Alexandria Stehney, Palmer Stemmler, Erin Strauss, Adam Stone, Jeremy Tervo, Jacklyn Thomas, Paul von Specht-Embach, Jaclyn Wachs, Mark Whitton, and Ryan Wier

Kira Thurman