This project looks at the dynamics of exclusion among communities that generate both segregation as well as resilience in Northern Virginia. The project identifies and geo-locates racially restrictive covenants on properties in Northern Virginia from 1900 through the 1960s. This area is often referred to as NoVa and includes Arlington and Fairfax Counties and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church.

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Retired Col. Marion I. Johnson, president of the Seminary Civic Association and vice president of the Alexandria Council on Human Relations, was a vocal critic of Alexandria’s discriminatory housing policies and practices in the 1960s. In 1962, he negotiated with local politicians to provide new homes for families displaced by the construction of a predominantly white high school, later known as T. C. Williams High School. In this image, he is reviewing plans for the new homes, including his own, which is in the background. 

Reprinted with permission of the DC Public Library, Star Collection, Washington Post.