It Takes a Village
I had not expected that working on my digital humanities project this summer would clarify some core elements of my larger Rose Hall project. I realize there are strategies that enhance learning processes, and there is no one monolithic way to teach a new concept or subject to everyone. Yet, I did not realize that visually mapping out what I envisioned for this project would enable me to conceptualize other dimensions of this project and to enhance my central purpose and related objectives.
Even though I have no previous knowledge or experience developing a website, I had a sense of what I wanted the website to look like and what I wanted to present about the Rose Hall plantation. Early on I set the goal for enslaved people to be the cornerstone of the project. Moreover, the purpose of the overall project was to provide historically-centered narratives about the enslaved people at Rose Hall, which were sourced in primary documents and not in myths about the “White Witch of Rose Hall.” The June session on concept/vision mapping served as a critical guide as I made other decisions about this digital humanities project and the counter-narrative I wanted to present.