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Welcome to Free the Deeds, a Minneapolis-wide public art project that will illuminate our common history and offer a path to repair.

 

With your help, we will invite every property that had a racial covenant on it to display a lawn sign in its front yard to inspire learning and conversation. Every resident of Minneapolis is also invited to co-create equity by supporting African American Community Land Trust home buyers with down payment assistance funds.  

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Be a part of erasing racial covenants and writing a new future for your block, your neighborhood, and our city of Minneapolis, one deed at a time.

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Read stories of families impacted by redlining and think about the ways your actions can make change, one deed at a time. 

 

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We are inheritors of a history that wrote racism into the documents that were used to sell houses, one deed at a time. 

Taking a Pulse
on Reparations
Survey

Free the Deeds is partnering with Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) to better understand how people interacting with Free the Deeds think about reparations. All responses will remain anonymous. We will create a summary of responses including a map to show the parts of the city where people who responded to these questions live. The responses will help us understand what programming and partnerships are needed to advance reparations efforts in Minneapolis.

The Free the Deeds team honors the Dakota people who lived on this land for centuries and continue to live here today. We recognize that the violent racism that fueled the attempted genocide and forced removal of Indigenous people from Minnesota is linked to the implementation of racial covenants throughout Minneapolis. We are committed to naming and ending the destructive legacy of white supremacy right now and into future generations.

We also honor the life work of Kevin Ehrman-Solberg, Co-founder of Mapping Prejudice who contributed so much to our community and made projects like this possible. 

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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