Then & Now: Unmapping segregation

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By: Stuart Eisenberg (read the full story here)

BY STUART EISENBERG — With debates ranging regionally over the legacy of tolerating monuments to leaders of the Confederacy in public spaces, one may ponder, “What does institutional racism look like locally? Where does it dwell in Hyattsville?”

One form in which I find institutional racism still present are vestigial restrictive deed covenants. They lie hidden within the fabric of Hyattsville homes, properties and institutions. Although the restrictive deed covenants rarely rise to the surface, many properties stand upon these embedded directives that previous land owners have written into their deeds of sale as preconditions limiting future use of the property. By explicit enumeration or by unrevealed reference. In property records that ultimately bear the signed consent of generations of property owners and organizations at the time of purchase or transfer. “Subject to covenants and restrictions of record,” say most deeds glanced over at closing.

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