12019-02-09T21:45:25-08:00Colin Gordon676211881578ceab8ef8cd93051874989c0a29c44461discussing race and relocation in County urban renewal projectsplain2019-02-09T21:45:25-08:00SoundCloud2019/02/09 21:42:34 +0000572803953Huntly Gordonall-rights-reservedColin Gordon676211881578ceab8ef8cd93051874989c0a29c4
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12019-02-09T18:25:39-08:00USCCR Testimony, January 197020plain2019-02-10T16:07:31-08:00In January of 1970, the United States Commission on Civil Rights held hearings in St. Louis County, to "collect information on the racial implications of suburban development." The timing was potent: two years earlier, the Supreme Court's decision in Jones v Mayerhad extended "equal protection" to private real estate transactions, and African Americans were just beginning to settle in the County's inner suburbs. Both new arrivals and long-established residents of the County's older African-American enclaves testified to pervasive patterns of discrimination and segregation in housing, schooling, policing and employment; to the uneven provision of services across the County; and to the racial logic of urban renewal. Below are a few excerpts from that powerful testimony.
The filmmaker Jane Gillooly discovered these audio files, and created the digital files from the Records of the Commission (RG 453) at the National Archives, during her research for the documentary Where the Pavement Ends (2018). I am indebted to her for that bit of detective work, and for generously sharing the files.