Mapping Prejudice

Denise Pike and Marguerite Mills
Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am
via Zoom, details forthcoming


For many years restrictive covenants in deeds and documents related to real estate transactions reserved land for the exclusive use of white people. Research involving academics, community  activists, and community members unearth the evidence of these practices. This allowed a map to be made showing how these restrictive practices were embedded in the physical landscape. This is a continuing project to expose the corrosive effects of structural racism.

Denise Pike and Marguerite Mills, local historians and researchers, will present their work which builds on the research by the Mapping Prejudice project to illuminate the history of racial covenants in Minneapolis. The researchers will present their work and research funded by the Minnesota Independent Scholars’ Forum.

Denise Pike will discuss the creation of the traveling exhibit, Displaced. First debuted at the Linden Hills Library, Displaced connects the history of racial covenants to a broader conversation about Indigenous and Black displacement, racial housing discrimination, and lasting racial inequities in our broader Twin Cities communities. Denise will also be discussing the creation of a community workshop guide, created to assist our local communities feel empowered and ready to tackle conversations about racial equity.

Marguerite Mills will discuss the creation of the digital map component of the Displaced exhibit. In collaboration with Mapping Prejudice colleagues, Mills researched the roots of an emerging Black community in southwest Minneapolis. Her digital cartography visualized the establishment and displacement of that community through white violence and racial covenanting. Her work in this small geography reveals indigenous dispossession and Black displacement as nodes on the same trajectory of white supremacy. Thanks to the initial map created in partnership with the MISF, she has continued adding to this body of knowledge and will present updates from her most recent research. Mills will also discuss the accompanying K-12 lesson plan created for use with the map.