A Talk with Sarah Shoenfeld: DC's Racialized Landscape on Zoom, January 21 at 7 PM


Housing is a key factor in shaping the opportunities available to people of all races and backgrounds. Not only is homeownership a platform for wealth creation, but it gives people a voice and purpose for creating the kind of city most of us want: diverse, innovative, inclusive, opportunity-rich, and safe.


In our next session of an occasional series called “Race Matters Locally,” HCCDC’s Carl Lankowski will partner with the Chevy Chase Citizens Association’s Ted Guest to interview Sarah Jane Shoenfeld of Prologue DC, an expert on historical housing trends.


The free Zoom presentation at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, titled “DC’s Racialized Housing Landscape,” will be an eye-opening discussion on the historic role racially restrictive deed covenants have played in shaping how neighborhoods look today, despite being outlawed more than 70 years ago. She will also talk about how former federal housing programs and redlining are responsible for persistent wage gaps and housing insecurity that plague certain areas of DC.  Please paste the link below into your browser to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86001490914.


Shoenfeld, an independent scholar and public historian, co-directs the project Mapping Segregation in Washington DC with Mara Cherkasky. The map-based project documents the former extent of racially restricted housing in the nation's capital along with other historic mechanisms of segregation and displacement. An earlier Zoom presentation with Cherkasky about the project can be viewed here.


Prologue DC engages in a variety of history projects, including research for exhibitions and films, historic landmark and district nominations, oral histories, and walking tours. Recent activism include a successful historic-landmark nomination for Barry Farm Dwellings, a World War II-era public housing project in Anacostia slated for redevelopment, and an online tour of African American Civil Rights sites in DC.

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