Mapping Segregation in Washington DC


Mapping Segregation is a TED Talk! Check it out here.

Mapping Segregation was awarded a 2019 Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation, in the Education category, on May 8. A short video about the project is here.

Links to the story maps formerly on this page have been moved to the new Mapping Segregation website, so please look for them there. The website is made possible by the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund Grant program.

Mapping Segregation is an ongoing project, so please check here for news, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or email us at and ask us to keep you posted. We also welcome your comments!


Additional Resources:

  • “A Strictly White Residential Section”: The Rise and Demise of Racially Restrictive Covenants in Bloomingdale, was published in the Spring 2017 issue of Washington History (Vol. 29, No. 1). Read about the role of developers, private citizens, and the courts in helping lay the groundwork for zoning policies and real estate practices that promoted racial segregation. Buy the journal or read the article online. (Use MyJSTOR to create a free account.)



2015 DC
The Northwest Current (see page 24, and please ignore factual errors)
Letter to editor re: Northwest Current article (see page 10)
Hola Cultura Blog
Preservation Leadership Forum Blog

MidCity DC News
Best of the Web, Washington History, Spring 2016, page 53
Greater Greater Washington (article by David Alpert, May 2016)
DCist (in the Morning Roundup)
Poverty and Race, April-June 2016, page 19

Washington Jewish Week
City Lab
Greater Greater Washington (article by Sarah Shoenfeld. This story made GGWashington’s greatest hits of 2017!)

GW Today
The DC Line
Greater Greater Washington (article by Christina Sturdivant Sani, Nov. 2018)
DC Policy Center

Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU

Photos in top banner, left to right: Charles Hamilton Houston (photo by Addison N. Scurlock, circa 1931, Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution); Washington Post, December 6, 1941; 1737-1747 First Street NW (photo by Mara Cherkasky, 2015); Baltimore Afro American, January 16, 1926.