Freedman Town 2.0

Event Date: 
Jan 8 2018 (All day) to Feb 3 2018 (All day)

An Interactive Documentary preserving histories from Freedman Town to Quakertown to Southeast Denton

A freedman's town, in the United States, refers to communities built by freedmen, former slaves who were emancipated during and after the American Civil War...

Freedman Town 2.0 is a n interactive gallery exhibition utilizing the Augmented Reality App, Aurasma, to celebrate the life and history of black communities in Denton, Texas. This exhibit includes large prints of people and places that chronicle this rich history and celebrates their legacy. The earliest stories are about Freedman Town, the first black settlement located in the southeast part of Denton that was home to 27 newly freed slaves. Next are pieces about the history of Quakertown, the once thriving black community that came to an early demise when local officials wanted the community removed to make way for a ‘city park’. Followed by the unique history of Solomon Hill, the neighborhood that many residents of Quakertown were forced to move to, now coined ‘Southeast Denton’, a community full of life and history, also where the original Freedman Town settlement was located. This exhibit is interactive, using full size photographs of the people and places in these communities that are linked to an Augmented Reality (AR) app. You can take any mobile device and activate a video overlay, bringing history to life.


Summer of 2017, Filmmaker and Professor, Carla LynDale Carter -Bishop taught a 5-week course titled, Interactive Community Video, through the Department of Media Arts at the University of North Texas. During the course, 18 college students researched the history of Denton’s black community through various field trips to libraries, museums, archives and face-to-face interactions with the community. Students produced 20+ interactive videos that are triggered through various locations and images using an Augmented Reality App.

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