The Black Craftspeople Digital Archive Map is a living map subject to revisions due to the ongoing research process. The map provided through the following link is the beta version of the map.

Visit the Black Craftspeople Digital Archive Map here:

How to Navigate the Map:

The link to the map will bring you to the following page.

To Search Using the Search Parameters:

  • Click the blue arrow to the left of the screen and to the left of the Trade Counts box to make the search parameters box appear.
  • Search according to the available parameters (example – craftsperson name, identifier, status, etc.)
  • Results will populate on the map and in the Craftspeople Entries box to the right of the screen.
  • Clicking an individual craftsperson in the Craftspeople Entries box will cause the map to zoom in on that craftsperson’s location.

To Search Using the Trade Counts Box:

  • Click the yellow bars in the Trade Counts box. Each bar corresponds to a trade featured in the BCDA.
  • Results will populate on the map and in the Craftspeople Entries box to the right of the screen.
  • To conduct a new search, unclick your previously selected trade and click a new trade.
  • Clicking an individual craftsperson in the Craftspeople Entries box will cause the map to zoom in on that craftsperson’s location.

Features of the Map:

  • The gray bar to the top right of the map screen provides map customization.
  • The Home Button returns you to a view of the entire state of South Carolina.
  • The Map Key Button identifies trades and their corresponding icons.
  • The Layers Button allows you to toggle the available layers (BCDA and South Carolina) of the map.
  • The Basemaps Button allows you to choose a map base of your choice.

Determining Map Locations:

  • Each town, city, county, and area was assigned GPS Coordinates. In many instances, when exact locations for plantations, farms, residences, and labor sites could not be found, craftspeople were assigned general coordinates for a town, city, county, or area that corresponded with the available location information as found through primary source documentation.
  • We relied on a host of sources to determine locations including,
  • The Buildings of Charleston: A Guide to the City’s Architecture, John Poston
  • The Charleston Time Machine, Nic Butler
  • People and Professions of Charleston, South Carolina, 1782 – 1802, James W. Hagy
  • Halsey Map, Preservation Society of Charleston
  • Research Archives, Historic Charleston Foundation
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