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In the first half of the 20th century, in response to the influx of African Americans from the South, racially restrictive covenants became a tool to enforce segregation in Northern cities and towns, including Webster Groves. Lenders, landlords, and realtors openly discriminated against African Americans seeking housing opportunities. But the most important mechanism of segregation in this era—employed by local realtors, developers, and white homeowners—was the race-restrictive deed covenant or racially restrictive covenant.
To both recognize and repudiate our history of discriminating against African-Americans by recognizing and enabling racially restrictive covenants, community members, local clergy and City leadership are activity engaged in disavowing these racist acts of our past by educating the community on their existence and helping homeowners who wish to record their opposition to the racist restriction still attached to their property deed.
If you have filled out the paperwork to amend your deed, please fill out this form to register your address with the City of Webster Groves.
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