Mapping Segregation Walking Tour
Saturday, April 14 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Historian Sarah Shoenfeld, co-director of Mapping Segregation in Washington DC, will lead a walking tour of DC’s Bloomingdale neighborhood. Racially restrictive deed covenants kept much of this neighborhood off-limits to African Americans until the 1940s. A series of legal challenges to covenants in Bloomingdale culminated in the 1948 case Hurd v. Hodge, which was heard by the Supreme Court. This tour will feature some of the houses and blocks subject to battles over covenants along the shifting geographic lines that divided African Americans from their white neighbors here during the first half of the 20th century, and commemorates the 50th anniversary of The Civil Rights Act of 1968, also known as the Fair Housing Act.
Mapping Segregation in Washington DC is documenting the historic segregation of DC’s housing, schools, playgrounds, and other public spaces. To date the project has focused on racially restrictive housing covenants, which 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.
The tour will start at the small park across from Big Bear Café at First and R Streets NW and will take 1.5 to 2 hours. Please arrive prior to 10:45 AM.
Sponsored by: Executive Office of the Mayor | DC Commission of the Arts & Humanities | Association for the Study of African American Life and History | American Historical Association