Segregated School Locations


Spring 2018, Professor Jessica McCarty will lead a GIS mapping course that will take me on as a "client." I will visit GEO 242 in the early semester and provide context for the project. Students will then aim to complete two goals.

Goal One: Integrate geospatial analyses and complete student-created products to augment by creating a 3-D rendering of a protest space.

The particular site for mapping is Murray Hill, an area featured in the Harambee City Book. Murray Hill protests centered on school desegregation of a local elementary school.  Opposers to desegegation gathered at the top of the hill to challenge CORE's demonstration, and the ensueing counter protest devolved into a riot that threated both black freedom activists and black children hold up in the school. 

Religious leaders feared a bloodbath and turned to Ruth Turner and Tony Perot to cancel the demonstration against segregated schooling.  The two initially refused to do so, hightening fear that civil rights activists waiting at the bottom of the hill might be viciously wounded in the melee. Turner and Perot eventually ended the standoff, but insisted that a future Murray HIll protest be kept on the table.

The map is designed to capture the spatial layout of CORE's intended protest.  The 3-D rendering acts to aid student thinking on how to navigate the circumstances of the Murray Hill riots.  As "CORE leaders" they must determine how the space will effect their strategies and tactics.

Goal Two: Create a story map of segregated schools.

CORE demonstrations increased tempo when civil rights leaders learned that the Cleveland School Board of Education intended to build additional schools in black neighborhoods.  It was clear that that the Board intended to avoid integration by quickly addressing overcrowding in black schools.  However, a review of the school locations clearly indicated that they were substandard - an issue only visible through mapping. 

The second project will create a story map, overlaying roads, topography, etc. to help students better understand why these schools were considered substandard.

These projects are slated for completion by June 2018.