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Mapping Segregation Presentation Tomorrow at Park View Recreation Center at 6:30 pm

June 9, 2015

1952 Washington population map(Map from the 1950s showing changing demographics in Washington.)

How did restrictive housing covenants shape DC neighborhoods? Prologue DC historians Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Shoenfeld will present the latest findings in their ongoing research project, Mapping Segregation in Washington DC, on Wednesday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Park View Recreation Center, 693 Otis Place NW, and Wednesday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Public Library, 901 G Street NW. Both events are free and open to the public.

Mapping Segregation in Washington DC looks in depth at the historic segregation of DC’s housing, schools, recreation facilities, and more. The project’s first year has focused on racially restrictive housing covenants and legal challenges to them.

Maps are used to better understand how many of DC’s “historically black” neighborhoods were once exclusively white, and how the city’s racial geography has been shaped by segregation. Maps tell stories that words cannot.

Prologue DC’s research is comprehensive and unprecedented. Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Shoenfeld have been hand-searching real estate records at the DC Archives and reviewing digitized documents at the Recorder of Deeds. In addition, they’ve been incorporating information found in the Washingtoniana Room at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, including real estate maps, city directories, newspapers, and the DC building-permit database. Census records and materials from the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. help fill out the picture.

This project is a collaboration between Prologue DC and GIS mapping expert Brian Kraft of JMT Technology Group. It is funded in part by the Humanities Council of Washington, DC.

Mapping Segregation is an ongoing project, so please check their Website for updates. http://prologuedc.com/blog/mapping-segregation/

Or send an email to info(at)prologueDC.com with “Mapping Segregation updates” in the subject line.

Historic Neighborhood Groups — Park View Citizens’ Association

March 13, 2015

The Park View Citizens’ Association is the second post today from the series on historic neighborhood civic groups from the 1940s. This article was originally published ion the Washington Post on November 11, 1940.

Park View map 1940

Park View banner

Park View article 1940

Historic Neighborhood Groups — Petworth Citizens’ Association

March 13, 2015

Keeping the series on historic neighborhood civic groups from the 1940s going, this is the first of two articles that I’ll post today from the Washington Post. It focuses on Petworth. The original article was published on November 10, 1940.

Petworth Citizens map 1940Petworth Citizens 1940 article

Historic Neighborhood Groups — North Capitol Citizens’ Association

February 24, 2015

The next historic neighborhood civic group we’ll feature from the 1940s is the North Capitol Citizens’ Association. In looking at the map it appears to cover  the Bloomingdale, Eckington, and Stronghold neighborhoods. In reading the article, I was particularly drawn to the article’s heading declaring that the association wanted better facilities at intersections rather than more parks. The article was originally published in the Washington Post on November 7, 1940.

North Capitol Citizens map

North Capitol Citizens article

Historic Neighborhood Groups — Bradbury Heights Citizens’ Association

February 23, 2015

The next historic neighborhood civic group featured from the 1940s is Bradbury Heights in SE. The article was originally published in the Washington Post on October 3, 1940.

Bradbury Heights map

Bradbury Heights article

Historic Neighborhood Groups — Trinidad Citizens’ Association

February 20, 2015

Getting back to the series on historic neighborhood civic groups from the 1940s, today’s article from the Washington Post focuses on the Trinidad Citizens’ Association in NE. The original article was published on November 26, 1940.

Trinidad Citizens map

Trinidad Citizens article

Historic Neighborhood Groups — Arkansas Avenue Citizens’ Association

February 4, 2015

Keeping the series on historic neighborhood civic groups from the 1940s going, today’s article from the Washington Post focuses on the Arkansas Avenue group in NW. The original article was published on October 2, 1940.

Arkansas Avenue Citizens Assoc map

Arkansas Avenue Citizens Assoc article


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