Columbus Community Geography Center


Liberia Migration Project

Document Type

Digital Humanities Project

Publication Date


Community Partner(s)

Azilia Films


Columbus, Georgia


The Liberia Migration Project created by two classes (Advanced Community Geography fall 2019 and Introduction to Digital Humanities spring 2020). Was a reciprocal partnership between the documentary film company Azilia Films, who plans to produce a history of our long-lived connections between Liberia and the Lower Chattahoochee River, and the Columbus Community Geography Center at Columbus State University. In fall 2019, students used mix methods to engage local residents in an Oral History Harvest and GIS technologies to identify folks in our region who might be related to 100 families that left the Lower Chattahoochee Region for Liberia in 1867 and 1868. In spring 2020, students analyzed digitized data from The African Repository and Colonial Journal published by the American Colonialism Society to help place the 100 families that left our region in a broader context of all emigres who left the region during 1867 and 1868. We share that data (in spreadsheet form) along with the date of numbers of emigres from all sailings, and the maps of the locations that emigres left and their first place of settlement. This digital publication shares that information, along with a timeline of events and a discussion of the social, economic and political context in which folks from Columbus, Georgia found themselves in as they made the decision to leave the region and the United States for a new life in West Africa.