Introducing the Virtual Black Romulus Cultural Heritage Center (VBRCHC), whose web address is: http://vbrchc.matrix.msu.edu
I must begin by stating that I was born and raised in Romulus, MI. I attended Cory Elementary, Romulus Middle School and Romulus High School. This project is a labor of love. It truly all began when I was an elementary school student at Cory Elementary. My mother took my siblings and me to the IGA Super Market. On the wall was a mural that represented the Black heritage in Romulus. I was shocked and amazed. As I continued my education in middle and high school, no one could decipher nor translate the mural into common lay person terms. I asked my elementary and middle school teachers about the information represented in the mural, but as people that were not from Romulus, they were ill equipped to address my questions. From that moment forward, I have been dedicated to presenting the history, heritage and legacy of African Americans to the development of Romulus, MI. Thus, my 2013-2014 Cultural Heritage Informatics (CHI) project is titled the “Virtual Black Romulus Cultural Heritage Map (VBRCHM).” The VBRCHM is the first step of a larger project, the Virtual Black Romulus Cultural Heritage Center (VBRCHC). This project is the manifestation of that childhood dream and passion.