During the forming of the Twin Cities, discriminatory covenants were used to keep those that were not white from owning or occupying land in certain neighborhoods. The result is a century of segregated communities and huge disparities in wealth, health and well-being.
Just Deeds is a program that allows property owners to discharge racially restrictive covenants to create change and promote racial equity here in Minnesota. Below is a video from the City of Golden Valley, in partnership with CCX Media, that provides additional background and information about the Just Deeds program.
Mapping Prejudice, a University of Minnesota project, created a map that shows common restrictive covenants in Hennepin County. To see if your Hennepin County property has such a covenant: Click here , scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Hennepin_County_Racial_Covenants_Table. csv." Hennepin County is working with Just Deeds to have this language removed at no cost to the owners!*
*Ramsey County resident information coming at a future date.
To participate in this project by having your covenant changed, please complete the application in the link below. Someone from the Just Deeds project will contact you. If you'd like to know more about the process, please email Jennifer Doyle, St. Anthony's HR Coordinator/Deputy City Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org.