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 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.