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Welcoming the Dear Neighbor? is a project running in parallel with the larger Mapping Prejudice project out of the University of Minnesota. Mapping Prejudice created an interactive map of racial covenants in Hennepin County, and the project is currently in the process of expanding this map into Ramsey County.
The goal of Welcoming the Dear Neighbor? is to provide additional context to these covenants by highlighting the stories of affected individuals and families within Ramsey County, painting a collective picture of how the use of these covenants shaped the race and ethnicity of Ramsey County neighborhoods in ways that are still visible today. As part of this project, St. Kate’s hopes to acquire primary source materials that will help illustrate the issues surrounding housing discrimination, steering, and redlining.
Explore the 1960's using an interactive timeline of national events related to race and housing to put the exhibit materials into a broader context.
Examine the history notable events impacting state and local housing with an interactive timeline.
This series of maps shows how the racial patterns of the Twin Cities from the early 1900's onward persist through to the present, and how the redlining of the 1930s reflects current inequalities.
Documents and writings from the family of a local realtor whose career suddenly went into decline after publicly advocating for open occupancy.
A collection of A.P. Weigel's newspaper column about local real estate issues, a few of which address race.
The 1950s and 1960s were a turbulent time for civil rights in the United States. Organizations, both secular and religious, were working to secure equal rights for minorities. One such organization was the Catholic Interracial Council of the Twin Cities (CICTC), “an organization of Catholic men and women of St. Paul and Minneapolis who are striving to apply Catholic principles on racial matters to the very real racial problems our two communities face” (Branches, August 1959). The CICTC collection consists of newsletters and other documents dated from 1958 to 1966 that were donated to the St. Catherine University Archives & Special Collections by a founding member of the organization and alumnus of St. Catherine University. In the letter included with the documents she writes, “We thought we could change the world, and there has been quite a bit of change, but not nearly enough.”
This exhibit includes documents and newsletters selected from the CICTC collection that highlight the organization’s activities, volunteers, and reactions to local and national civil rights events of the time. The majority of the organization’s activism took place in the St. Paul and Minneapolis area. However, as recorded in the newsletters, members were also willing to travel to Chicago, Selma, Alabama, and Washington D.C. to take part in national civil rights events.
We hope this look into a time when the struggle for civil rights was front and center - both locally and nationally - will provide an opportunity for today’s human rights activists to learn from the human rights activists of the past.
Can you add to our collection?
Do you have information about the Catholic Interracial Council of the Twin Cities? A piece of literature, notes from a CICTC sponsored event, a story to share? If so, please consider contributing it to this collection by contacting the St. Catherine University Archives & Special Collections at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.