A Creation Story of Haiti and Lincoln Park: Intergenerational Construction of Maryland’s Black Geography

Taylor Lewis (University of Maryland, College Park)

This paper explores a creation story of one Maryland neighborhood through the intergenerational knowledge flows within my family. The historically Black neighborhoods of Lincoln Park and Haiti exist despite being located in Montgomery County–best known as a wealthy white suburb of Washington, D.C. It is here that my father and his siblings have been negotiating intergenerational narratives (Rusoja, 2022) that form the Black geography (Bledsoe, 2015) of Lincoln Park/Haiti. In their collective storytelling, these six siblings reorient a seemingly mapped place in the image of their intimately and collectively defined Blackness. References Bledsoe, A. (2015). The negation and reassertion of Black geographies in Brazil. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 14(1), 324-343. Rusoja, A. (2022). “Our community is filled with experts”: The critical intergenerational literacies of Latinx immigrants that facilitate a communal pedagogy of resistance. Research in the Teaching of English, 56(3), 301-327.

Part of 05-05 The Roots and Rootedness of Black Geographies: Where Homes Are Made and Futures Are Grown, Friday, November 03, 10:30 am–12:30 pm