Mapping Prejudice – Ramsey County Mapping Project

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Date: April 8, 2021
6-8 p.m.
Location: Online archived meeting (Passcode: *^@av5Fs)


Watch the archived video from April 8
Ages: All

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More than 500 people tuned in to the April 8 presentation by Mapping Prejudice on its Ramsey County project. The event included sharing a preliminary Ramsey County racial covenant map and historical research. The event was co-hosted by Ramsey County CED and the City of Saint Paul, and included discussion of steps that each are taking to address housing racial disparities and build a more inclusive economy.

View the video of the April 8, 2021 event  Passcode: *^@av5Fs


The Mapping Prejudice project is mapping racial covenants in the Twin Cities. Racial covenants are clauses that were embedded into property deeds to bar people who were not white from buying or even occupying the parcels of land to which they were attached. Although racial covenants were made illegal by the 1968 Fair Housing Act, their legacy continues today in the Twin Cities - which has some of the largest racial disparities in the country. The Mapping Prejudice Project illuminates how structural racism shaped the urban landscape, blocking African Americans from critical avenues for housing stability and wealth accumulation.

The Mapping Prejudice project has developed a process that harnesses the power of community research to reveal this hidden history of race in our neighborhoods. Having drawn national attention for its work on the historical impact of racial covenants in Hennepin County and Minneapolis, Mapping Prejudice volunteers recently finished researching the property records of Ramsey County.

In this session, Mapping Prejudice will reveal a preliminary Ramsey County racial covenant map and historical research together with our “Welcoming the Dear Neighbor?” partners. Representatives of Ramsey County Board of Commissioners, Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and the City of Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority will join this presentation. Staff from Ramsey County and the City of Saint Paul will also provide background on current efforts underway to provide affordable and accessible housing in our communities.

About the Presenters

Kirsten Delegard is the Director and one of the co-founders of the Mapping Prejudice Project, which is located in the Borchert Map Library at the University of Minnesota. She is a third generation Minneapolitan and public historian. To explore the complex history of her hometown, she established Mapping Prejudice as well as the Historyapolis Project.

Rachel Neiwert is an associate professor of history at St. Catherine University. Her research interests include children and education in the British Empire and the history of housing inequality in Ramsey County through her work with the "Welcoming the Dear Neighbor?" Project. Though the historical projects seem quite distant, they share common roots in understanding the underpinnings of racism in the twentieth century and its impact in the lives of ordinary citizens.

Marguerite Mills is a geographer and artist. She has been a researcher with the Mapping Prejudice project since 2018. She is also finishing her master's in Geographic Information Science and sociology and will begin a Ph.D in geography in the fall of 2021. Mills research takes a deep mapping approach, focusing on the intersection of property and housing as a critical juncture for interrogating structural oppression and material inequality.

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Contact Information

Martha Faust,
Redevelopment Manager

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