Mapping Segregation

Walking Tour of Bloomingdale

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 11 am 

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Article in Washington History

on Bloomingdale’s role in the legal fight against restrictive covenants

 Spring 2017 issue

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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. Meanwhile, check out the PowerPoint on Brightwood’s Historic African American Community we presented at the Shepherd Park Library on April 27, 2017.

Organized by Prologue DC and GIS mapping specialist Brian Kraft of JMT Technology Group, the project was launched in January 2014 and has been funded in part by Humanities DC and the DC Preservation League.

Mapping Segregation is an ongoing project, so please check this page or our Facebook page for updates. Or email and ask us to keep you posted. We also welcome your comments!

Media coverage of the project:
MidCity DC News 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
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


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.