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Christian Friends for Racial Equality wrote to City Council regarding a restrictive covenant on May 12, 1949. Restrictive covenants were common in neighborhoods throughout Seattle. After 1948, racial deed restrictions were no longer enforceable in court, but it was legal for realtors and property owners to discrminate on the basis of race. That changed with the passage of the Federal Housing Rights Act in 1968.

Courtesy: Comptroller File 203110. Comptroller Files, 1802-01.
Seattle Municipal Archives.


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