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Join our online work sessions!

Weekly on Wednesdays

Mapping Prejudice is community powered. We are delighted to announce that we are re-launching our transcription sessions. Over the last five years, we’ve had the privilege of working with more than 6,000 volunteers to read historic property records and transcribe the information necessary to put more than 25,000 racial restrictions on a map of Hennepin and Ramsey Counties

After a year-long hiatus, we are looking forward to continuing our work with our amazing volunteers. We plan to hold weekly Zoom sessions on Wednesday afternoons and evenings. Our team will demonstrate how to spot covenants in old property records. These workshops will  provide a safe space for learning how to contribute to the work of reckoning with this difficult history.

Check our events page for information on times and how to register. Please spread the word. Everyone is welcome.

Register today!

News

Wauwatosa is a first-ring suburb of Milwaukee with a high density of racial covenants.
Image credit: Mike De Siti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 29, 2020

Mapping racism and resistance in Milwaukee County

This fall we will be reading deeds from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mapping Prejudice is working on these records in collaboration with Mapping Racism and Resistance in Milwaukee County, a project based at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee that includes Mapping Prejudice Community Advisory Board member Reggie Jackson. For the last four years, the Milwaukee group has been working to document the struggles over racism and real estate in the urban north. Known in some circles as the “Selma of the North,”  Milwaukee was a critical site in the national civil rights movement. Access to housing was central to the struggle for justice. 

Rebecca Gillette, seated on the left with Mapping Prejudice co-founder Penny Peterson.
Image credit: Bruce Silcox

Please welcome Rebecca Gillette

This spring, our team expanded to include Rebecca Gillette, our new community engagement lead. Rebecca comes to Mapping Prejudice from the Minnesota Historical Society, where she most recently worked with three other colleagues to co-produce Black History Black Voices

Rebecca is looking forward to rooting Mapping Prejudice more deeply in the community organizations and volunteers who drive this work. She loves meeting new people and making the connections necessary to repair the damage done by racial covenants. 

Come and meet Rebecca at one of our weekly volunteer sessions. She’s looking forward to learning from you and connecting folks with Mapping Prejudice resources.

Miré Regulus welcomed the audience to the “Revealing & Healing History” event. 
Image credit: Bruce Silcox

September highlight

On September 26th, Free the Deeds and TPT presented a memorable “Revealing & Healing History” event at the Parkway Theater.  Community gathered to watch and listen to resistance through various art forms. The evening program featured music, poetry and new film shorts from the “Jim Crow of the North” story series.

Let’s talk

Thanks to these groups for hosting conversations with Mapping Prejudice: 

  • Macalester-Groveland Community Council
  • Just Deeds & the City of Bloomington
  • Golden Valley City Council, Housing Redevelopment Agency 
  • Minitex 
  • MN GIS/LIS Code for America Book Group
  • Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Human in the Data - Spotlight Series: Global Food Security and How We Feed Each other
  • TPT & Free the Deeds
  • The Homeownership Opportunity Alliance
  • Rochester Rotary Club

 

Upcoming events

Spotlight series

 
Keeping accountability on the table: mapping land-grab and next→

IAS Thursdays

Thursday, October 20, 2022

3:30 - 5:00 pm CDT

Online & Northrop, Best Buy Theater

FREE and Open to the Public (Registration Requested)

Register Here

The Land-Grab Universities project presents archival evidence and historical narrative through multiple points of entry: writing, cartographic design, interactive web map, photography, and a large, open database. Mapping Prejudice technical lead Michael Corey will lead a discussion with cartographer Margaret Pearce.  Pearce will share maps and graphs from her project and explain how  cartographic language can be used for truth-telling.

 

2892 miles to go project

2892 launch party

Sunday, October 16, 2022

3:00 - 5:00 pm

Jimmy Lee Recreation Center

270 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55104

Free and open to the public

Join 2892 Miles to Go for a launch party on October 16. This project  amplifies the work of local educators, change-makers, and other visionaries passionate about community-led storytelling to create visually compelling digital educational resources rooted in collective wisdom. 2892 Miles to Go seeks support the nurturing of  more informed, empathic, and united communities. Check out this story from St. Paul’s Rondo community.

 

 

Mapping Prejudice by the numbers

We have lots of work ahead! Join our volunteers and help us read these Milwaukee deeds.

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