Tracing the Lines of Racism:
The Development of Housing Segregation in Harrisburg, 1900-1968
This exhibit examines the process of redlining in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the use of racially restrictive housing covenants, and the lasting influence segregated housing has had on the surrounding communities.
The Steps Toward
Harrisburg, The City Beautiful, and the Old 8th Ward (1900-1930)
Drawing the Lines: The HOLC Report (1935-1936)
Fading Lines, Lasting Legacies (1936-1968)
Why Redlining? Why Harrisburg?
Harrisburg has historically been the home to a diverse group of immigrants, minorities, and ethnicities from across the US and Europe. The restrictions faced by African Americans, Jews, and many other minorities in Harrisburg limited their movement within the city and diminished their opportunity for community engagement and economic advancement.
(Image courtesy of Digital Harrisburg Initiative; Sanborn Fire Map 1929)
– Maude Coleman, Interracial Board and Harrisburg Department of Welfare Member (1950)
– Harrisburg Citizen from A Time to Act pt. 1 (1968)