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Racially Restrictive Covenant

Racially Restrictive Covenant

This covenant was part of a 1946 deed for a piece of property in the Maury Hill community in Charlottesville. It reads: “None of the said property shall be owned, occupied, sold or leased to persons not of the Caucasian race, but this shall not prohibit negro or foreign servants in the employ of the owner or lessee from living on the property.” This is one of thousands of such clauses included in Charlottesville city deeds between the late 1800s and the mid-twentieth century. These covenants enforced segregation and prevented non-white people from building wealth.