Mapping Segregation

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 12:30pm
Led by 
Sarah Shoenfeld

Conceived by historians Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Jane Shoenfeld, of Prologue DC, and GIS specialist Brian Kraft, the “Mapping Segregation in Washington, D.C.” initiative reveals the profound role of race in shaping the nation's capital during the first half of the 20th century. Racially restrictive covenants—which barred the conveyance of property to African Americans—were used by real estate developers and white citizens associations to create and maintain racial barriers. Upheld by the courts, covenants assigned value to housing and to entire neighborhoods based on the race of their occupants, and made residential segregation the norm.  Sarah Shoenfeld will share how she and her colleagues used online tools to make their research about this lesser-known era of D.C. history available to everyone.

Host: Carolyn Crouch, Founder, Washington Walks