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Mapping Prejudice by the Numbers

Check out our progress! We are 80 percent done. Volunteers have transcribed 141,237 deeds. We have 33,819 to go. 

This chart shows our progress. 141,237 deeds are transcribed and 33,819 are remaining.
Thanks for all your work in April and May. Let's keep up the momentum! 
This bar graph shows top volunteers this month by number of transcriptions with user SteveBrandt at 1,304, DLWalker at 1,011, and glamasaurusrex at 553 We have 2,754 rockstar volunteers! This chart shows finished deeds by month. There were 3,135 finished in February; 11,899 deeds finished in March; and 13,461 finished in April
We Need to Talk. Thanks to these groups for hosting conversations:
American Association of Geographers                            York Cooperative 
Minnetonka United Methodist Church                             Minneapolis Foundation
Habitat for Humanity                                                        Linden Hills Library
Minnetonka Senior High School                                      Harding Senior High School
Homeownership Opportunity Alliance                             YWCA Mankato 
AAUW                                                                              Augsburg University
St. Catherine’s University                                                SUNY Binghamton 
US Bank                                                                          AmeriCorps
Indianapolis Fair Housing                                                Miami Valley Fair Housing Conference 
Breck High School                                                           St. Paul Chamber of Commerce
Upper Midwest Jewish Historical Society

Notes from the Archives

Moses and Mary Burkes make a home near Lake Harriet

In 1900, Moses and Mary Burkes bought a little piece of land in the Minneapolis neighborhood now known as Fulton. The area near Lake Harriet was a logical place for a family in search of security and economic independence to put down roots. Over the next decade the Burkes built a little homestead. But they found they could not hold on to their dream. Learn more on the blog.

This page from the 1914 atlas of Minneapolis outlines the footprint of the house, barn and chicken coop built by Mary and Moses Burkes at the corner of 49th and Washburn Avenue South.
This page from the 1914 atlas of Minneapolis outlines the footprint of the house, barn and chicken coop built by Mary and Moses Burkes at the corner of 49th and Washburn Avenue South.

Upcoming Events

New Exhibit

an event poster for Tuesday, June 11th: "Displaced" exhibit opening at Linden Hills library.
“Displaced” is a new installation at the Linden Hills Library that will explore the story of how southwest Minneapolis became entirely white during the first decades of the twentieth century. The exhibit opens on June 11th and is co-curated by Mapping Prejudice team members Denise Pike and Marguerite Mills. Please join librarians, curators and community members as we confront this history together. 

Tuesday, June 11th
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Linden Hills Library

Learn more and add to your calendar.

Transcription Session

A woman points helpfully to another person's computer screen during a transcription session.
Help us build the map of racial covenants in Hennepin County! We are approaching our goal, but we need your help to finish. Please bring your laptop and join us on Thursday, June 13th for a volunteer work session at Hennepin History Museum. 

Thursday, June 13th
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Hennepin History Museum

Learn more and RSVP on Facebook


The Mapping Prejudice team at the Minnesota Capitol
Governor Walz Signs Covenants Bill

Do you have a racial covenant in your property deed? A new law provides a way to renounce the bad deeds of the past. Governor Tim Walz signed legislation that allows Minnesota homeowners to add a statement to their deeds renouncing restrictive covenant language. Until now, property owners were forced to accept these restrictions or hire a lawyer and go to court. Each county will create forms to facilitate this process. We will let you know as soon as we get more details. Read an article from ABC 6 News here.

Thank you to Representative Jim Davnie and Senator Jeff Hayden for their leadership on this issue.
The Mapping Prejudice team with their ARLD Academic Innovators award

The groundbreaking “Owning Up: Racism and Housing in Minneapolis” exhibit won three more awards for its honest look at the history of housing segregation and discrimination in Minneapolis. The awards are from the National Council of Public History, the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums, and the American Association for State and Local History which just gave "Owning Up" its 2019 Award of Excellence. In addition, Mapping Prejudice received the Minnesota Academic Innovators Award at ARLD Day. The award is sponsored by the Academic & Research Libraries Division (ARLD) of the Minnesota Library Association. Penny Peterson, Kirsten Delegard, Kevin Ehrman-Solberg and Ryan Mattke hold their Academic Innovators award in the photo above.

Volunteer Spotlight: Anat McCarthy

Anat McCarthy is finishing the fifth grade at Windom Spanish Dual Immersion School in south Minneapolis and is one of the leaders of the school’s Activist Club. This group has been studying the history of racial covenants and is preparing a presentation to deliver to fellow students at the end of the year. Club leaders have read historic property deeds and researched their own homes to see whether they have racial restrictions. Anat explained that she wants people to know that our contemporary racial inequities were deliberately created. "Passing over this history is denying that it happened, and pretending that this isn't what we did,” she said. “We need to accept that things like this happened."

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