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Historically BlackImagining Community in a Black Historic District$
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Mieka Brand Polanco

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814762882

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814762882.001.0001

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“Not to Scale”

“Not to Scale”

Cartographic Productions of Community

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Historically Black

Mieka Brand Polanco

NYU Press

This chapter explores the expressions and productions of “community” among Union's delegitimized historians. Analyzing a map hand drawn by Ernest Green, an 85-year old resident of the town, it considers how history, space, and race come together to form a sense of community that is unique to those identified as delegitimized historians. These residents are invested in the concept of official histories as a nationalist project, but they also tend to read themselves as invisible in these narratives. Unlike the history provided by the National Register of Historic Places (NHRP) which portrays Union as a relatively homogenous “black” space, Greene's map portrays an equally homogeneous “white” landscape. The chapter describes this cartographic act as a reflection of the delegitimized historians' productions and experiences of community—where an implicit recognition of historical documents as instruments of power becomes visible.

Keywords:   community, Union, delegitimized historians, Ernest Green, history, black space, race, National Register of Historic Places, white landscape, historical documents

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