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As a Just Deeds Coalition participant, the City of Bloomington is working with volunteer experts to help the 500 owners of Bloomington properties with discriminatory covenants discharge the covenants from the property’s legal title. These discriminatory covenants were once used to keep people of color from buying houses in many Minnesota neighborhoods. The result was a century of segregated communities.

Bloomington discriminatory covenants were established between 1923 and 1951 and are not legally enforceable under current laws. Most property owners are likely unaware of their existence.

The City of Bloomington is working to spread awareness about this and other discriminatory practices from Minnesota's past and to discharge any such covenants on City-owned land. Together, we can acknowledge this and other forms of discrimination, discharge these covenants and build a foundation for more inclusive communities.

Connect with neighbors and learn more at a community event on Wednesday, August 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bryant Park featuring food, speakers, discussion and more. Bring your own chairs or picnic blankets. More information available here.

As a Just Deeds Coalition participant, the City of Bloomington is working with volunteer experts to help the 500 owners of Bloomington properties with discriminatory covenants discharge the covenants from the property’s legal title. These discriminatory covenants were once used to keep people of color from buying houses in many Minnesota neighborhoods. The result was a century of segregated communities.

Bloomington discriminatory covenants were established between 1923 and 1951 and are not legally enforceable under current laws. Most property owners are likely unaware of their existence.

The City of Bloomington is working to spread awareness about this and other discriminatory practices from Minnesota's past and to discharge any such covenants on City-owned land. Together, we can acknowledge this and other forms of discrimination, discharge these covenants and build a foundation for more inclusive communities.

Connect with neighbors and learn more at a community event on Wednesday, August 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bryant Park featuring food, speakers, discussion and more. Bring your own chairs or picnic blankets. More information available here.

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