Edward González-Tennant Resurrecting Rosewood: New Heritage as Applied Visual Anthropology
In this chapter I explore how new heritage intersects painful pasts. Scholars of difficult heritage and sites “representing painful and/or shameful episodes in a national or local community’s history” (Logan and Reeves 2009, 1) continue to seek new methods for producing meaningful engagements while simultaneously supporting the goals of social justice. New heritage refers to the use of new media to document, analyze, and interpret cultural heritage (Kalay et al., 2008) by drawing upon the study of new media, or the “translation of all existing media into numerical data accessible through computers” (Manovich 2001, 20). This includes the translation of analog materials into digital formats as well as the creation of fully digital artifacts like 3D models. This chapter’s case study is drawn from nearly a decade of ongoing research into the tragic history of Rosewood, Florida, a primarily African American town destroyed during a weeklong episode of violence commonly referred to as the 1923 Rosewood Race Riot.