Virtual Freedom Trail Project

Societies emerging from conflict and violence face numerous challenges at the local, national and international levels. Some maintain that a variety of strategies now exist for "healing" wounds of the violent past and for coping with the future. National reconciliation and peace building can be promoted through the effective use of innovative heritage projects for empowerment while providing redress for marginalized communities. Historical silences, regarding Tanzania's legacy in the fight for freedom, continue to exist despite the efforts of scholars and practitioners in the fields of African history, cultural heritage and resource management. The VFTP seeks to document in a complex and rich way, the heritage of liberation struggles in Tanzania using geospatial technologies and ethnographic field research. The many houses, apartments, meeting places, offices, and protest sites are evidence of a network of the physical spaces and places related to the liberation movement. This project seeks to record the significant contributions of Tanzania to the many liberation movements occurring across sub-Saharan African. The use of new media and information technologies connecting Tanzania to the history of South Africa's liberation struggle, in the fight against apartheid, has not yet been implemented. PROJECT PARTNERS

  • The College of New Jersey, Ewing, N.J.
  • The HILLgroup, ITS and Library, Hamilton College
  • MuseumAfrica, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • University of Pretoria, Mamelodi
  • The Institute of Development Studies, The University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Project Directors

Student Assistants

Collection Development Team