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Date: Mar 19, 2010
Hofstra archeologists highlight Long Island’s African American history for Columbia University project
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY - The Center for Public Archeology at Hofstra University has contributed profiles, video, pod casts, historic and images for 10 Long Island sites to the Mapping the American Past (MAAP) educational website hosted by Teachers College at Columbia University.
MAAP is an award-winning educational and archival project that features multimedia profiles of people and places of significance in the history of the African American community in the New York metropolitan area. The site provides instructional materials for K-12 teachers, including lesson plans that explain how to use the website's resources in the classroom. With easy to access information, maps and multimedia content, MAAP helps anyone learn more about New York history and even plan visits to many sites of interest.
The profiles contributed by Hofstra include the Amityville Bethel AME Church, which is considered the first black church on Long Island, Booker T. Washington's summer home in Fort Salonga, and Hofstra University, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded an honorary degree and delivered the commencement address in 1965.
"By including historic sites from Long Island, teachers, children and community members can not only learn about the broader contributions to African American history, but also rethink the modern boundaries that divide us, racially and geographically," said Jenna Coplin, Director of Research and Outreach for the Center for Public Archeology.
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