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Washtenaw Reads | Community Transcription with Justice InDeed


Wednesday April 3, 2024: 5:30pm to 7:30pm  Add to Calendar /   Add to Google Calendar


Downtown Library: Training Center


Washtenaw County is the 8th most income-segregated metro area in the United States, and this wasn't by chance. It was the result of deliberate policies and design that have perpetuated racial disparities. One of these policies was the use of racially restrictive covenants on properties throughout the county. These covenants prevented Black, Jewish, and other minoritized groups from owning or living on these properties.

Justice InDeed is a community-University partnership that invites you to become a community transcriber and help us uncover these racial covenants from nearly 10,000 property records. Your participation will help us better understand how these covenants were used across our communities and repair the harm done by them. Using our crowdsourcing website, participants will examine individual property records and transcribe information like the date and location, the text of the covenant, buyers and sellers of the property, and more. No experience is necessary, and everyone is welcome to participate.

Let's work together to uncover hidden stories, understand our past, and collectively shape a future where justice prevails.

This event is part of this year's Washtenaw Reads event series.