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Dr. Rick Bunch and the “Index of Southerness”

In collaboration with the Halsey Institute at the College of Charleston, Dr. Rick Bunch mapped the landscape of the South. Available via a web mapping application, the maps represents everything from place names to data collected on chicken sales and churchgoers, among other topics. Available on interactive technology inside the exhibition space and on the project website ( – Click on the MAP tab), this Index of Southerness allows viewers to move between data layers to arrive at their own understanding of the cultural geography of the South. You can even make your own map of the south by weighting data layers (MyMap).