The Brightside: Salisbury University student creates historic walking tour

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SALISBURY, Md. — A Salisbury University student is using the resources at her fingertips to teach her community about her own history.

“I grew up in Pocomoke City, it’s not too far from Salisbury, and I didn’t know much about Salisbury’s black history,” Allison Stancil said.

Allsion, a digital humanities intern at the university’s Nabb Research Center, is on a mission to get people moving, while learning the history of Wicomico County.

“I was told I could pick any project I wanted to do, and after going through different things, we ended up landing on a black history walking tour of Salisbury,” he said. she declared.

As an intern, Allison had access to archives, photographs, and tons of documents and materials that helped her learn more about this history. Some of them, she said, she had never even heard of. For example, she says she was amazed to hear about all the historic businesses in a particular neighborhood.

“There were so many different businesses in Georgetown, like there was the bike shop, Joe Cornish’s bike shop,” she said. “There was the funeral home, there were so many tailor shops, barbers, restaurants and bars on Lake Street.”

She used this kind of information to design the walking tour that passes through areas such as the Lake Street Entertainment District, the Wicomico County Courthouse and more. While walking, people can listen to the online tour and soak up all that history. She says that at the end of the tour, she just wants people to come away with a new understanding of their own community.

“I really hope that by doing this walking tour, that people really think about their surroundings, I hope they think about the people around them, the different places,” Allison said.

If you are interested in taking the walking tour, you can find more information including the download link here.

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