Lincoln Cemetery, located in in Harrisburg, PA, is one of the oldest remaining historic African-American burial grounds. It has an estimated 10,000 burials – many of which are not visible today; although a non-profit organization, Saving Our Ancestors Legacy (SOAL) is working extensively to change this as they restore the treasured cemetery. In conjunction with this, Harrisburg University and Messiah University are collaborating to create a digital record of the individuals buried in the cemetery via a publicly available interactive map.

Harrisburg University has created a web mapping application, completed with up-to-date drone imagery of the cemetery. One available, community volunteers can log information about the individuals buried at certain locations either via field research or other means. This field mapping application is particularly useful as name, dates of births, dates of death, and photos of the stones can be logged in real-time. This application allows for larger, volunteer efforts.

Additional information about the project can be found via the following news article: