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Mapping Prejudice by the Numbers

Check out our progress! We are more than halfway done. Volunteers have transcribed 109,204 deeds. We have 65,547 to go. 

We need to turn those Finished Deeds numbers around. Take advantage of our cold and snowy weather! Stay inside and read some deeds. We can’t finish the map without you. 
This bar graph shows top volunteers this month by number of transcriptions with user SteveBrant at 331, Plieated at 263, and CitySelby at 133. We have 2190 rockstar volunteers! This chart shows finished deeds by month. There were 5,327 finished in November; 3,443 deeds finished in December; and 2,639 finished in January.
 
We Need to Talk. Thanks to these groups for hosting great conversations last month:

Minneapolis Public Schools: Social Studies Teacher Development 
Thrivent Financial
Special reception for elected officials, Hennepin History Museum
Minnesota House of Representatives Judiciary and Finance Committee Presentation at the Minneapolis Federal Reserve
KMOJ
Minnesota Housing Finance Agency
Weisman Art Museum
Simpson Housing Services
Vail Place 
TPT
Jewish Community Relations Council
Bethel University
Augsburg University
Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church

Notes from the Archives

“The Manly Art of Self-Defense”: Emanuel Cohen and the battle against anti-Semitism in Minneapolis

In 1919, the Minnesota State Legislature struck the first blow against bias in real estate transactions with a law that banned religious discrimination in property sales. Local attorney Emanuel Cohen has been credited with this legislative watershed, which was an important first step against injustice. But what were the limitations of this victory? Learn more on the blog.

very young school children wearing graduation attire in front of the Emanuel Cohen center
Pre-kindergarten class at The Emanuel Cohen Center, which was established through a bequest from a prominent local attorney who fought religious discrimination.

Upcoming Events

When Research Meets Policy:
Public History, Planning, and Structural Racism in the City
an event poster with a map of housing lots
Presentation and discussion with Mapping Prejudice co-founder, Kirsten Delegard, and Heather Worthington, Director of long-range planning for the city of Minneapolis.
Join us for a conversation about Mapping Prejudice's work, revealing the history of racial covenants, and Minneapolis 2040, an ambitious plan to counter racial inequalities in housing. Delegard and Worthington consider how their research and policy initiatives influence one another and how together they address structural racism in Minneapolis.

Thursday, March 7th
4:00PM – 5:15PM 

St. Olaf College, 1520 St Olaf Ave, Northfield, MN 55057

Make your reservation and see more details.

News

JIM CROW OF THE NORTH premiered Monday, February 25th on TPT

Why does Minnesota have some of the worst racial disparities in the nation? This new documentary from TPT draws on the research of the Mapping Prejudice Project to explore this question. The film premiered on February 25th. Watch it online.
 
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vintage newspaper clipping showing the words "This is Nokomis Year" with an image of lake nokomis and housing lots for sale.

MINNPOST: “With covenants, racism was written into Minneapolis housing. The scars are still visible.”

Check out this article tracing the history of racial covenants, HOLC redlining, and racial intimidation in Minneapolis. Reporter, Greta Kaul, links the story of our past to the reality of our present.

Activist Spotlight: Filmmaker Daniel Pierce Bergin

Read and listen to documentary filmmaker Daniel Pierce Bergin talk about the history of racial covenants in this pair of interviews. Bergin shares his insights in these interviews about his spectacular new documentary, “Jim Crow of the North,” which aired on TPT on February 25th. 

Paige Elliott from The Minnesota Spokesman Recorder spoke to Bergin before the film premiere. Read.
Minnesota Public Radio News host Cathy Wurzer talked with Bergin on the morning the film aired. Listen.

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