May 22, 2024

Moon Shares Expertise on Racially Restrictive Covenants

Professor of History and American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor of History and American Studies Krystyn Moon spoke with ARL Now for an article titled “New study documents location of discriminatory deed covenants in Arlington and N. Va.” In the article, Moon, a lead researcher on the study, said, “The demographic makeup of our region is very different today in comparison to the period that we are analyzing, in part because of major inroads made by civil rights and immigration policies after World War II. “That being said, the residue of the practice of using racially restrictive covenants remains with us today, and inequities persist.” Read more.

Upcoming Agenda Alexandria highlights resilience and legacy in Alexandria’s Black History (ALX Now)

Moon’s Report on Zoning Covenants Cited in ‘ALX Now’

Professor of History and American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor of History and American Studies Krystn Moon’s report on restrictive zoning covenants was referenced in an article titled “Alexandria discloses list of ‘racially restrictive’ covenants on city-owned properties,” which ran in ALX Now. Moon, who the city hired to gather information on the history of the covenants, found dozens more properties, in Alexandria as well as Arlington and Fairfax counties. Read more.

Moon Discusses Race-based Discrimination in Alexandria

Professor of History and American Studies Krystyn Moon

 The large lecture hall at the Holiday Inn down the street from Wegman’s in Carlyle began filling up well before the start time Tuesday evening August 29. Hundreds of Alexandria residents on both sides of this heated debate turned out for a three-hour information session, as they heard from housing experts on the plight of housing in the city of Alexandria.

Many more watched the panel session from home. The room was packed with several more people standing in the back. “We are here to educate, inform, and update you on the most recent data, and to hear from you,” began Nancy Wilson, assistant director, City Planning and Zoning.

Krystyn Moon, professor of History and American Studies at University of Mary Washington discussed race-based discrimination and mortgages in Alexandria and the history of redlining in our city. Read more.

 

Zoning Proposal for Housing is Front and Center as Alexandria City Council Meets Tonight in Public Session (The Zebra)

Moon Quoted in ‘Alexandria Now’ on Housing Inequity

Professor of History and American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor of History and American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor of History and American Studies Krystyn Moon spoke to Alexandria Now for an article titled “Despite flurry of new apartments, experts say Alexandria has a housing shortage.” Moon said racial covenants in neighborhoods started later in Alexandria than in other places and that housing started shifting dramatically in the 60s with the passage of the Fair Housing Act and the Housing and Urban Development Act. “This opens up mortgages to low and moderate-income families,” Moon said. “In Alexandria, it particularly opens them to African American residents. Not only is there an increase in home ownership for African Americans as a result, but an opening up of neighborhoods closed off to them in the past, particularly north of Rosemont.” Read more.

Despite flurry of new apartments, experts say Alexandria has a housing shortage (Alexandria Now)

Moon Receives Mention in ‘Falls Church News-Press’

Professor of History and American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor of History and American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor of History and American Studies Krystyn Moon received a media mention in the article “Racist F.C. Past Unveiled In Land Covenants” published in the Falls Church News-Press. The publication set out to examine property deeds (stored in databases not in the city or nearby Arlington but at the Fairfax County Courthouse), the article states, but the work was already underway by a group of academics coordinated by Moon, along with Marymount University sociology professor Janine DeWitt and housing attorney Kristin Neun. Read more.

Racist F.C. Past Unveiled In Land Covenants (Falls Church News-Press)

Moon to Serve as a Panelist at William & Mary’s Lemon Project

Professor of History and Director of American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor of History and Director of American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor Krystyn R. Moon from the Department of History and American Studies will be part of a panel at the College of William & Mary’s annual Lemon Project Symposium to be held March 25-26, 2022. “The Future of Ethnic Studies: A Community Panel” will explore interdisciplinary degree programs in Virginia at the collegiate level.

To learn more about the Lemon Project, a program named after a man who was enslaved at the College of William and Mary, click here.