A Critical Interactive
About the Interactive
The University of South Carolina is the site of one of the most intact
"landscapes of slavery" in the United States.
Located at the heart of campus, the historic Horseshoe dates from the
establishment of South Carolina College in 1801.
What few realize as they traverse these grounds, however, is that the
surrounding structures and the wall delimiting the perimeter are the
material remains of slavery.
Slave labor molded the bricks, constructed the buildings, and maintained
the grounds until 1865.
"Ghosts of the Horseshoe" is a mobile augmented reality (AR) application
that endeavors to bring into view this largely unknown history.
It invites visitors, University students, scholars, administrators, faculty,
staff, and members of the surrounding community to see the Horseshoe through a new lens.
In the process, the Ghosts project hopes to affect how people approach
and experience the Horseshoe as a site of historical erasure.
Acknowledgments and Funding
The Ghosts project acknowledges and thanks the Dean of Arts and Sciences for
bridge funding in Spring 2012, the Vice President for Research for 2012-2013
funding through the ASPIRE II program, and the Dean of Libraries for IT support.
We gratefully acknowledge the input and contributions of Professors Lydia Brandt,
Susan Courtney, Bobby Donaldson, Laura Kissel, Simon Tarr, and Bob Weyeneth,
and of Graham Duncan, Evan Kutzler, Celia James Galens, and University Archivist
The Ghosts project is affiliated with the Center for Digital Humanities at
the University of South Carolina.
Ghosts of the Horseshoe has been aided by the Fall 2012 coursework of the students
in CSCE 590E and 790E, topics courses in the Department of Computer Science and
Engineering, and FILM 511I and MART 795a, topics courses in the Film and Media
Studies and Media Arts programs, respectively.
A much earlier version was also drafted by students in a Fall 2011 class team-taught by
Professors Cooley and Buell.
|Dr. Heidi Rae Cooley
||Dr. Duncan Buell
|Richard Walker (May 2012-present)
||Celia James Galens (Dec 2012-present)
|Amanda Noll (Jan 2013-present)
(May 2012-Dec 2012)
|Fall 2012 Students
Resources and Publicity
Weyeneth et al., "Slavery at South Carolina College 1801-1865"
Slides from the December 4 presentation in the Gressette Euphradian Room at Harper College
A trailer for the documentary to be produced.
Media coverage by WLTX-TV
Media coverage by WIS-TV