In an ongoing effort to uncover the hidden stories of African American veterans, the West Virginia University Reed College of Media is partnering with Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust to develop an app that would allow users to travel back in history.
The app, TimeMap, will chart historic black veteran memorials across the country, as well as collect and share the stories of the African American experience during World War I.
Beeson hopes the app will help a new audience, with new technology, discover a little-known part of American history that can shed important light on today’s racial climate.
“The black veterans of WWI returned home to become foot soldiers for civil rights in America,” said Beeson. “The WWI black experience was part of the beginning of the modern civil rights movement.”
The anticipated release date for TimeMap will coincide with the upcoming U.S. WWI Centennial in 2017.
Read the official release at WVU Today.