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Meet Michael Corey

We’re excited to announce that Mapping Prejudice has hired Michael Corey to be our new Geospatial, Technical and Data Lead. Michael brings 20 years of experience as a reporter and data journalist to his new role, part of a career shift to public history. Michael’s first priorities in his new job are to get new sets of deeds flowing through our technical pipeline, and to finish our in-progress work on Ramsey County covenants. Click here to read more about his early experience with racial covenants and how his journalism informs his work today.

2021: Year in Review

New Geographies

Over the past year, Mapping Prejudice expanded into new geographies. After the Hennepin County map was finished, we partnered with Welcoming the Dear Neighbor? at St. Catherine University to identify covenants in Ramsey County. Volunteers quickly finished data transcription for St. Paul, and the project is on track to share their findings early next year. Watch this April town hall to get a preliminary overview of the data. We have also moved into other regions of the country, partnering with Mapping Segregation in Washington D.C., and Harborlight Community Partners in South Essex County, Massachusetts.

Mapping Prejudice Partners

Mapping Prejudice is fortunate to have amazing collaborators. Just Deeds, which started in 2019 in Golden Valley, launched their official website and has grown to include 12 participating cities. The latest city to join Just Deeds was St. Louis Park. Free the Deeds, a public art project aimed at exposing structural racism through visualization vis-à-vis lawn signs, gained traction with this story on MPR. That group is asking people to take this reparations survey. Mapping Prejudice also sponsored the 5th episode of  zAmya Theater Project’s 6th season of Homeless Network Newz (HNN). Episode 5 premiered on December 9th and was hosted by Corey Walton and included Zamya troupe members, who explored two public art projects -- Free the Deeds and Never Homeless Before 1482 -- to explore the questions:  What is a second chance and why might you need it if you have a felony? And where do we draw the line? Watch this episode here.

Awards and Honors

Mapping Prejudice was honored by a range of organizations in 2021. In January, we received a Sweet Potato Comfort Pie Award from activists in Golden Valley, Minnesota. In the spring, the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information (MNCOGI) recognized the Hennepin County Recorder’s office and Mapping Prejudice with its 2021 John R. Finnegan Freedom of Information Award. And the National Council of Public History named Mapping Prejudice the Outstanding Public History Project of 2021. The power of Mapping Prejudice comes from its volunteers. These awards belong to all of you! Thank you!

In Memoriam

As the year comes to a close, we are thinking about our friend and colleague, Kevin Ehrman-Solberg, who we lost in June. Kevin was one of the co-founders of Mapping Prejudice and served as the first digital and geospatial director for our team. We were so fortunate to work with him to envision and realize this work. May he rest in peace.

Upcoming Events

Raisin in the Sun: Guthrie Theatre, January 8th - February 12th

The Guthrie Theatre will be putting on A Raisin in the Sun from January 8th to February 12th. Racial covenants play a central role in this play, which was written by Lorraine Hansberry and will be directed by Austene Van. The play follows the three-generation Younger family, who confront devastating racism after buying a house in an all-white neighborhood.

On January 23rd, Mapping Prejudice’s Kirsten Delegard will be doing a pre-show conversation with Dr. Taiyon J. Coleman. To join them buy tickets here
Outreach and Community Engagement

Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka 

Warren E. Burger Inn of Court

The Fox and Hounds Club

Kingfield, Tangletown, and Wedge Neighborhood Associations of Minneapolis

Eminent Domain Section of the Hennepin County Bar Association



Junior League of St. Paul

Wells Fargo

Carmichael Lynch Advertising Agency

Veterans Administration Research Group

Wisconsin Land Association Information

Women in Public Finance

LaRive Great Conversations

GODORT/ALA Friday Chat

Michigan State Digital Humanities seminar class

Friends of the Library, University of Minnesota Libraries

League of Women Voters Roseville

National Council of Public History

Augsburg University



The Minnesota Coalition on Government Information

Minneapolis VA Health Care System: Medicine Grand Rounds

Minnesota Association of Professional Employees: Local 401

Citizens League

Affordable Housing Summit, Minnesota Housing Partnership

White Bear Lake Historical Society

Rondo Reconciliation Lunch Group

Hennepin County-University of Minnesota Partnership

Minnesota Public Health Association

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Equity & Justice Black Caucus Statewide Resource Group

State Agency GIS Collaborative

National Council for Geographic Education

City of St. Louis Park

University of Minnesota Women’s Club

Educator Day, Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

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