I conceived the Mapping Segregation in Washington DC project and co-founded it in 2014 with my friends and colleagues at PrologueDC. Mapping Segregation documents the history of racial segregation in the nation’s capital.
Among other things, segregation is about spaces, which means that our understanding of the subject is greatly enhanced through geospatial analysis. While I could never fully understand, let alone explain, the other factors and components of racial segregation, I knew I could contribute to our understanding of the subject through this sort of geospatial documentation and storytelling.
In 2004, before I knew about GIS, I researched the court cases regarding race restrictive covenants in DC. A decade later my draft text evolved into Mapping Segregation’s first product: Legal Challenges to Racially Restrictive Covenants. I made many static maps and one other story map for the project.
Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Shoenfeld at PrologueDC are the subject-matter experts. They now have an institutional partner to map their data and host their products and I am no longer involved with Mapping Segregation.