Rollins College

Community Partners

The Hannibal Square Heritage Center was established in 2007 by Crealdé School of Art, in partnership with residents from the Hannibal Square community (west Winter Park) and the City of Winter Park. It is a tribute to the past, present, and future contributions of Winter Park’s historic African American community. In addition to hosting fulltime, award-winning, museum-quality exhibits and a detailed local timeline of African American history, the center also offers a rotating exhibit series with community-created public art installations and educational programing focused on black heritage and Southern folklore. Rollins College Students in Professor Shan-Estelle Brown’s Ethnographic Methods class joined the Hannibal Square Heritage Center’s Director, Barbara Chandler, in Fall of 2021 to analyze oral history transcripts in preparation for a future online collection. And this Spring (2022) Chandler worked with Rollins senior history majors in Professor Hannah Ewing’s Capstone course on two community-based history projects: (1) the first aimed at researching and developing new programming for the Center to further engage the community; (2) the second (still ongoing) involves the designing and assembling of a digital timeline exhibit.