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:
Maria Backman, Cody Barlow, David Bartek, Alexander Bedard, Shadae Boakye-Yiadom, Brittany Boyle, Caitlyn Brennan, Jasmine Craft, Siyi Chen, Devanté Coleman, Rachel Connolly, Adelia Davis, Jacqueline Dressler, Taylor Ferguson, Dana Giddens, Carley Gordon, Natalie Greifer, Michael Griffin, Emily Hotaling, Marcus Jackson, Olajumoke Jegede, Tiara Jones, Zahria Little, Imran Hakim Mohamedsha, Westley Montgomery, Amanda Nilsen, Raven Odom, Nicholas Simon, Randal Smith, Thomas Steffens, Alexandria Stehney, Palmer Stemmler, Adam Stone, Jacklyn Thomas, Paul von Specht-Embach, Ryan Wier