Mapping Black Salisbury

In 2021, a team of scholars, researchers, students, and cartographers began constructing a digital map of historical Georgetown by collaborating with local residents who carry its oral histories. This is still a work-in-progress. The final result will recreate a small sense of life in this neighborhood that has long been dismantled.

We hope to release an interactive digital map sometime in 2024. In the meantime, you can browse the following images from our research thus far:

a color map of the counties of Maryland surrounding the Chesapeake Bay

The counties of Maryland's Eastern Shore (labelled in green) and some major cities (in red). Open full size in a new tab ›

A composite image made from stitching together many pages of the 1931 Sanborn Fire Insurance map.

Source: Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Salisbury, Wicomico County, Maryland. Sanborn Map Company, March, 1931. Map.

A computer-generated diagram of the houses and buildings as they were laid out along streets in 1931, for a small section of town labelled here as Georgetown

Version 1 of a digital recreation of Georgetown. Working with members of the Chipman Cultural Center, we are identifying each Black-occupied building from the 1931 maps.