PROJECT: Mapping Racist Covenants

The Mapping Racist Covenants project highlights neighborhoods and properties in the Tuscon, AZ area that contained racist language in their covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CCRs) during development, focusing on CCRs from 1912-1968. From the project’s website:

  • The MRC project will deliver an interactive¬†web-based map highlighting the geography of racist CCRs in Tucson that prevented African American, Asian, Mexican-American, Native American, Jewish individuals, and many other¬†marginalized populations from living in certain neighborhoods.
  • The map will also include race/ethnicity data from the 1930, 1960, and 2020 decennial U.S. Census so Tucsonans can connect racist CCRs with historical and present-day racial segregation in Tucson neighborhoods.

The project was funded by a 2022 Mellon Borderlands grant, created with collaboration from  African American Museum of Southern Arizona, the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, the Tucson Jewish Museum and Holocaust Center, the Southwest Fair Housing Council, and the City of Tucson Department of Housing & Community Development, and created by faculty, staff, and students in both the School of Geography, Development & Environment, and the library.

Hillary Richardson

This post was produced through a cooperation between Hillary A. H. Richardson and Linsey Ford (Editors for the week), and Claudia Berger, Nickoal Eichmann-Kalwara, Pamella Lach, John Russell, and Rachel Starry (dh+lib Review Editors).