Mapping 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:
Maria Backman
Cody Barlow
Shadae Boakye-Yiadom
Brittany Boyle
Caitlyn Brennan
Jasmine Craft
Adelia Davis
Jacqueline Dressler
Taylor Ferguson
Natalie Greifer
Michael Griffin
Marcus Jackson
Imran Hakim Mohamedsha
Amanda Nilsen
Raven Odom
Nicholas Simon
Alexandria Stehney
Ryan Wier