What is Ekaamp?

The Eastern Kentucky African American Migration Project (EKAAMP) is a community-driven archival and digital humanities project aimed at documenting the lives of African American coal miners and their families in eastern Kentucky, as well as the story of the intergenerational migration of members of this community into and out of the Appalachian region during the 20th century.  At the center of the the Southern Historical Collection’s collecting strategy, EKAAMP presents a community driven model for preserving raced, gendered, and classed histories that are far too underrepresented in the archive.  It is a truly collaborative effort among the Southern Historical Collection (SHC), Karida Brown (Ph.D. Candidate at Brown University, proud granddaughter of Harlan County coal miners, and EKAAMP founder), and with the many eastern Kentuckians who have been donating their stories and archival collections to EKAAMP and the SHC.  EKAAMP is rooted in the practice of “making history” by unleashing the power of storytelling and active listening.  So far, Karida has recorded over 200 oral history interviews with members of the community and the SHC has archived these recordings alongside collections of photographs, organizational records, and family papers.

Why did I start Ekaamp

Ekaamp was started because it was obvious the Eastern Kentucky African American community need an archive of their history.

Goal of Ekaamp?

Ekaamps goal is to serve as a community archive to preserve materials realted to black life in Eastern Kentucky on donors terms meaning the individuals and families should have a say on how the materials are archived

How to participate ?

Click on the contact tab and send Ekaamp a message or contact Karida directly at karida@live.unc.edu.