Mapping Segregation in Washington DC is a public history project documenting the historic segregation of DC’s housing, along with its schools, playgrounds, and other public spaces. To date the project has focused on racially restrictive housing covenants. Racial covenants 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.
Explore this story map to learn how the city’s racial geography has been shaped by segregation. As Mapping Segregation’s first installment, the story map focuses on legal challenges to covenants and where they took place. It also reveals why DC was central to the struggle to abolish restricted housing nationwide.
A second story map, focusing on Ward 4, will be launched soon.
This is the first project of its kind; racial covenants have never been comprehensively documented for any American city nor combined or exhibited with other data in this way. Organized by Prologue DC and GIS mapping specialist Brian Kraft of JMT Technology Group, it was launched in January 2014 and has been funded in part by Humanities DC and the DC Preservation League.
Media coverage of the project:
MidCity DC News
The Northwest Current (see page 24, and please ignore factual errors)
Letter to editor re: Northwest Current article (see page 10)
Hola Cultura Blog
Best of the Web, Washington History, Spring 2016, page 53
Greater Greater Washington (article by David Alpert)
DCist (in the Morning Roundup)
Poverty and Race, April-June 2016, page 19
Preservation Leadership Forum Blog