Mapping Segregation in Washington DC


Tune in here for a May 2020 webinar on legal challenges to restrictive covenants in DC’s Bloomingdale neighborhood.

Links to the story maps formerly on this page have been moved to the new Mapping Segregation website, which was made possible by the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund Grant program.

Mapping Segregation’s work appears in a recent HUD-mandated study, Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, which documents historic and ongoing patterns of racial discrimination in housing in DC (see pp 38-39).

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.

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!


The Black & White (Whitman High School magazine; see Lily Freeman article on page 13)
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The Washington Post

Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU
TEDx (George Washington University)

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

Washington Jewish Week
City Lab

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

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

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.