A wide variety of community partners (listed below) collaborated to bring Undesign the Redline to Winston-Salem, an exhibit on our deep local and national history of redlining.
The interactive curriculum explored the history of racism and inequality, reflecting how these concepts were compounded by and reflected in 1938 redlining maps. We also focused in on Winston-Salem's own redlining history and why our own city's physical layout evolved in the way it did.
The term redlining comes from a series of maps that the federal government commissioned for 239 U.S. cities in the 1930s, including one created for Winston-Salem. The color-coded maps show those areas that the government recommended were most prime for investment (green), and other areas where money should not be loaned (red), with blue and yellow areas valued in between.