With the help of a team of community volunteers, journalist Jody Yager has reviewed thousands of local property deeds, out of a potential 300,000, to designate those that contain racial restrictions against African Americans, such as a line specifying that to reside on a certain lot, street, or section, one must be "of the caucasian race." He is creating a digital map of these covenants and is investigating how this history of racial segregation was created and enforced since before the 20th century as well as the resulting economic legacies that continue today. The project is thus both a starting point and a guide for shaping more equitable regional policies moving forward. And when completed, it will be included in a phenomenal exhibition at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center as well as included in our area school curricula. The project is ongoing and more volunteers are welcome. MappingCville.com
Sponsored by Insight Meditation Community of Cville, as part of its effort to promote racial justice and equity.