African American Population of Wake County by Census Tract

Drew Tiedeman

In an effort to build upon Du Bois’ original research surrounding relationships between time, space, and race in Georgia, this visualization takes the same approach but instead frames the data around Wake County. While the smallest geographical level Du Bois analyzes is the county level, this visualization’s focus is at the census tract level in order to home in on North Carolina State University's surrounding context. While the visual representation is heavily influenced by the DuBoisian style, it deviates slightly from the traditional color scheme in order to more clearly represent the density of Wake County’s African American population over time. The goal of this visualization is to display the continuing racial segregation that is happening in many cities across the US, at a scale that is perhaps more relatable to Wake County residents.