A postponed discussion of Rochester’s plan to identify and map historic property covenants that once banned non-Caucasian and non-Christian residents from living in parts of the city has been rescheduled for Monday.
Two participants in a similar Hennepin County effort will discuss the work during an online forum held by In the City for Good, a Rochester grassroots organization.
Jamar Hardy, a Minneapolis-based real estate agent, and Golden Valley City Attorney Maria Cisneros will present a brief history of discriminatory covenants in Minnesota and share information about the Just Deeds Project.
The City of Rochester is partnering with Just Deeds, a coalition that provides free legal and titles services to help property owners discharge discriminatory covenants found in their deeds.
Through its partnership with Just Deeds, Rochester plans to work with volunteers to identify and map the existence of local covenants, which were used to restrict homeownership and occupancy in parts of the city before the restrictions were ruled unlawful.
While racially motivated zoning was deemed unconstitutional in 1917, individual property deeds frequently held restrictive covenants in the decades that followed.
In 1953, the Minnesota Legislature prohibited the use of real estate restrictions based on race, and federal action followed in 1968.
The online forum will start at 7 p.m. Monday on Zoom, with the discussion and question-and-answer period accessible through the link at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81467269840.
Audio of the forum can be accessed by phone by calling 312-626-6799 and using the meeting ID: 814 6726 9840.