Mapping Segregation in Washington DC - new installment online

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Prologue DC is excited to present the second installment of Mapping Segregation in Washington DC: How Racially Restricted Housing Shaped Ward 4. In the early decades of the 20th century, restrictive covenants were used to control who could reside in the newly developing area of North Washington, now DC’s Ward 4. Housing, schools, and playgrounds for whites only replaced rural black enclaves. The area transformed again in the 1960s, after racial covenants became legally unenforceable and schools desegregated. Explore this story map to learn how early landowners and developers, neighborhood citizens associations, local and federal housing programs, and the real estate community facilitated racial change in DC’s northernmost ward.
Mapping Segregation in Washington DC is a public history project documenting the historic segregation of DC’s housing and schools, playgrounds, and other public spaces. To date the project has focused on racially restrictive housing covenants, which had a dramatic impact on the development of the nation’s capital decades before government-sanctioned redlining policies were implemented in cities across the country. Our latest installment is full of new data, historic photos and maps, and oral history audio clips. 

For funding and sponsorship, we thank the DC Preservation League, Humanities DC, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and the Military Road School Preservation Trust