Welcome to the Chesapeake Heartland
Digital Archive!

From the 16th to the 21st century, the Chesapeake region has been the heartland of the African American experience, and the materials inside this archive are a window into that incredible history and culture. Shared, curated, and interpreted by our community, this archive is neither static, still, nor complete. We invite everyone to contribute their materials, knowledge, and expertise to this ever-growing archive. As you explore its contents, please sign up as a user and share with future generations any information you might know about the materials, combine artifacts into presentations and teaching materials, and adapt and build upon them for non-commercial, educational purposes.

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