The Rosewood build in Second Life is an example of the use of a virtual 3D environment as a way to bring historical archeology to the public. Edward Gonzalez-Tennant is an instructor of archaeology and Director of the GIS program at Monmouth University in New Jersey. His Doctoral work at the University of Florida in Gainesville included comprehensive research and study on the 1923 Rosewood Massacre in Levy County Florida. In an effort to share his academic work, Dr. Gonzalez-Tennant created an environment in a virtual 3D environment, allowing the public to visit and immerse themselves in the setting of a small Florida town and museum commemorating former African-American residents of Rosewood, Florida.
This project has a transmedia approach in providing the public with an experience and information in the form of audio, video, text, photographs and drawings, as well as the 3D virtual buildings. Information came from multiple sources including interviews with former residents, census records and newspaper accounts. This type of research is typically available only to academia, but the use of digital tools makes it available to the public.
In addition to exploring a 3D world in Second Life interested individuals can view a virtual site built in Unity 3D directly in a web browser, watch videos and/or peruse the comprehensive website at http://www.virtualrosewood.com/.