In Spokane as in the rest of the United States, structural racism has taken many forms. Among the most consequential has been segregated housing. Restricting racial minorities to certain "redlined" neighborhoods served to prevent the targeted groups from building political power or inter-generational wealth. Though legally abolished by the Fair Housing Act of 1968, racial discrimination in housing continued to be written into legal documents for decades and shapes the city to this day.
The exhibits in this tour tell some of these stories, from the earliest days of Spokane when African Americans could live where they liked, to the rise of racially-restricted neighborhoods in the mid-20th century, to the long shadow that racial housing discrimination has on the very infrastructure of Spokane today, from the location of the interstate highway to neighborhood tree canopies. Follow along and learn some of the histories of our community that are too little talked about.