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Mapping Racism

Our shared history, no matter how distant, still has power to profoundly shape our lives. Hyattsville has a sad history of active racial exclusion. In the 1920s and 1930s, land and property use restrictions that were known as “restrictive deed covenants” became commonplace as tools for racial segregation, requiring that certain homes could only be sold to white buyers. Though no longer legally enforceable, these restrictive covenants remain as symbols of institutionalized racism.

Mapping Racism

Mapping Racism is a collaborative project that will document these covenants, create resources to educate our community about their effects, and spark a dialogue about the ongoing impact this racist practice has on our community. It will also explore creating a pathway for property owners to permanently remove such covenants from their property deeds.

Mapping Racism is a creative partnership between Hyattsville Community Development Corporation and Joe’s Movement Emporium. 

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Upcoming events

Find our more about Mapping Racism events included a new play that reimagines Sis’s Tavern, a site-specific dance pieces that crosses barriers and boundaries, interactive panels and films screenings, and an exhibition.

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Partners & Sponsors

Mapping Racism is made possible by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Cross Sector Arts Partnership program and the Maryland Humanities Council. Click below to learn more about our producing partners and other generous sponsors.

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Restricted deed covenants

In the 1920s and 1930s, land and property use restrictions that were known as “restrictive deed covenants” became commonplace as tools for racial segregation, requiring that certain homes could only be sold to white buyers.

Support for Mapping Racism comes from:

The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Cross Sector Arts Partnership Program
Maryland Humanities Council
Ann Barrett, Realtor Cell: 240-938-6060 Office: 30144-9511, Long and Foster Real Estate