Mapping Prejudice at Linden Hills Library

This summer, the Linden Hills Library offers a series of programs in collaboration with Mapping Prejudice, a cutting-edge research project from the University of Minnesota. Mapping Prejudice documents, maps, and presents data on racially restrictive covenants in Hennepin County. Please join us as we learn about this aspect of Linden Hills neighborhood history and how it impacts our community today.


Displaced: An Interactive Exhibit explores the racially-motivated expulsion and exclusion of Indigenous and Black peoples from the Linden Hills area of Southwest Minneapolis throughout history. Through archival and community histories, the stories of the displaced will be brought into dialogue with the present day experiences of Linden Hills residents. This multi-media exhibit will be on display at Linden Hills Library, June 10-July 11.

If you missed the exhibit, check out the Displaced storymap from Mapping Prejudice.


Mapping Prejudice: A Transcription Event - Using digital technology, Mapping Prejudice is assembling the first-ever map of racial covenants for an American city. Discover the hidden history of race in Minneapolis and learn how you can contribute to the research behind the Mapping Prejudice project. Part presentation, part hands-on workshop, you may bring your laptop (or use ours) to learn how to read historic deeds and identify racial covenants for the online map. At Linden Hills Library, Tuesday, June 25 6:30-8 p.m.

Researching the History of Your Home - Learn about the historical resources at the library and across the county that will help you piece together a history of your Hennepin County house, neighborhood, or property. Staff from Hennepin County Library's Special Collections will explain print and online resources—including permit records, maps, photos and more—and will set you on the path to jump-start your research. Researching the History of Your Home will include information about finding racially charged language in house records and discovering the former residents of one’s home. At Linden Hills Library, Saturday, July 6, 10-11:30 a.m. Register online or Ask Us.

Jim Crow of the North: Documentary Screening & Discussion - Why does Minnesota suffer some of the worst racial disparities in the nation?
One answer is the spread of racist, restrictive real estate covenants in the early 20th century. Jim Crow of the North is based on the work of the University of MN’s research project, Mapping Prejudice.
The panel will include Daniel Pierce Bergin, Jim Crow of the North Producer, and Kirsten Delegard, Mapping Prejudice Project Director. Community members are invited to join the discussion. A travelling exhibit, Displaced, will be on display prior to the screening, at 6 p.m. At Linden Hills Recreation Center, 3100 W 43rd St., Minneapolis, MN, 55410, Thursday, July 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Collaborators: Mapping Prejudice, University of MN; Twin Cities Public Television.

Sponsors: Friends of Linden Hills Library; Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund; Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC).