Announcing the launch of a new website: Mapping Segregation in Washington DC (mappingsegregationDC.org) is a digital public history project that is documenting the historic extent of racially restricted housing and other mechanisms of segregation in the nation's capital. To date the project has focused on restrictive deed covenants, which had a profound impact on the District decades before government-sanctioned redlining policies were implemented in cities across the country. The website feature new and updated exhibits on legal challenges to covenants and on the role of federal policy, real estate development, blockbusting and racial steering in shaping 20th century DC.
The 2018 website launch commemorates the 70th anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court decision that ended the enforcement of racial covenants in DC (Hurd v. Hodge) and nationwide (Shelley v. Kraemer). 2018 also marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Fair Housing Act and the Supreme Court's subsequent ruling in Jones v. Mayer, prohibiting religious groups or private clubs from racial discrimination in housing; the 60th anniversary of the National Committee on Segregation in the Nation's Capital landmark Segregation in Washington report; and the 60th anniversary of the establishment of DC's Neighbors, Inc. to combat racial steering and white flight.
Mapping Segregation's website was produced with assistance from the Historic Preservation Fund, administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.