Just Deeds

Just Deeds Coalition

On March 16, 2021, the City of Hopkins City Council adopted the resolution condemning the use of discriminatory covenants and approved the participation in the Just Deeds coalition. Coalition members provide free legal and title services to help property owners find discriminatory covenants and discharge them from their property titles.

Although covenants are no longer enforceable, the covenants resulted in a century of segregated communities. Stifling access to wealth, education, policing, safety, neighborhood parks and public transportation – services other communities take for granted, these impacts continue today. Renouncing the covenants allows us to acknowledge this racist history and pursue reconciliation and anti-racist solutions to mitigate the impact on our community going forward.

FAQ

How do I know if my property has a racially restrictive covenant?

Thanks to the work of Mapping Prejudice who reviewed all the covenants in Hennepin County and documented them, we were able to put together a simple Map (PDF) and Chart Covenants (PDF) which list the properties in Hopkins. 

Help! My property has a covenant, what do I do next? 

Fill out the this form to get started! We will verify your property and help connect you to resources.

Not a City of Hopkins Resident, visit the Just Deeds website for resources. 

Where can I learn more about these covenants and their impact?  

Mapping Prejudice: The University of Minnesota has developed "Mapping Prejudice" as a resource that provides users the opportunity to visualize the reach and use of racial covenants within Hennepin County.

View the official Just Deeds website hereYou can be a part of the solution by getting involved with the Just Deeds Project. More information and volunteer opportunities are available here.

The Hopkins Race & Equity Initiative held a virtual town hall on the topic and how it is perpetuated today. Watch the recording and the film Jim Crow of the North here



City Map - Racially Restrictive Covenants