Our map of racial restrictions in Hennepin County was the first-ever comprehensive visualization of racial covenants for an American city. In 2020, we expanded our focus to include neighboring Ramsey County, where we are working with our sister project Welcoming the Dear Neighbor? to engage community members around this history and data.
At the same time we are processing property records from geographies around the country. We are actively identifying and mapping racial covenants in Dakota and Anoka counties in Minnesota, and in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. We are working toward building a comprehensive database of racial covenants in the Twin Cities metro area, and are building collaborations in other counties across Minnesota.
We are developing our technical platform so that we can give it to any community that would like to explore this same history.
At the same time, we are rooting ourselves more deeply in our local context, cultivating our relationships with community partners in Minnesota that can translate the enhanced awareness of history into meaningful change.
The resources of Mapping Prejudice are community-generated and meant to be shared. Our data and maps are available for anyone to download and use.