Rosewood: An Interactive History
A downloadable simulator for Windows
Rosewood: An Interactive History (RAIH) uses gaming technology to explore Rosewood, Florida; an African American town destroyed during a 1923 race riot. It provides a way for making difficult histories more accessible in a sensitive way, and invites users to explore rural Florida as it existed 100 years ago. RAIH is based on evidence discussed in The Rosewood Massacre: An Archaeology and History of Intersectional Violence.
Rosewood was settled in the mid-1800s and by 1900 most of the town's population was African American. On New Year’s Day 1923 a White woman in Sumner accused an unnamed African American man of assaulting her. The resulting White mob began a reign of terror lasting seven days, ending with the complete destruction of the town and violent displacement of its community.
Rosewood: An Interactive History is a walking simulator. You might also call it an exploration game, narrative game, or a place-based simulation. There are no non-player characters (NPCs), which is a conscious choice to avoid misrepresenting real persons, or sensationalizing historical violence. You can learn more about this project at the Rosewood Heritage & VR Project.
Currently, RAIH is available as a prototype. Final version will be uploaded during summer 2019. It is available for free, or feel free to make a donation. The money raised through donations will help support further development (language translations, VR version, etc.). Alternatively, consider purchasing a commemorative coin to help support the project.
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