New Mobile App show's you the USC's "Ghosts of the Horseshoe"
Professor Heidi Cooley says there is so more history within the Horseshoe that students walk pass everyday.
Within the app, they do their best to not only show whats actually there, but also what should be there.
By: Larkin Belton
Two University of South Carolina professors have teamed up develop a mobile app to provide a unique look at the history of the USC Horseshoe.
The Horseshoe was the original campus for South Carolina College starting in 1801. The buildings wrap around a walkway, forming a "U" shape, giving it the name "The Horseshoe."
The app is not just the history written in the stones and bricks you can see, but the history of those who built the bricks and buildings that comprise the Horseshoe.
The app is programmed to take you on a virtual tour of the Horseshoe and uncover histories most aren't aware of.
For example, did you know the bricks that comprise the buildings of the Horseshoe were actually built by slaves? Another little known fact is that after the Civil War South Carolina College, as it was then known, had the largest African American enrollment in the nation, said Professor Duncan Buell.
The school was closed during the Civil War and, when the post-war reconstruction government reopened it in 1865, it was the only Southern public school admit and grant degrees to black students. Many of the white studets left and the school struggled. Governor Wade Hampton III's post-reconstruction government closed the school in 1877 and re-opened it as an all-white university in 1880.
That's just one of many facts you can learn when you explore this app.
"It's a story of you doesn't get recognized, what labor doesn't get recognized," said Professor Heidi Cooley, a leader in this project.
The app has great features including an interactive map, key landmarks, and a camera feature that can recognize landmarks and give you it's history.
The Ghosts App hopes to change the way people approach and experience the Horseshoe… and reveal a history that's hidden… in plain sight.
The app will be free in the Apple App Store by the end of the Semester.