Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Our Redneck Past is Nipping at Our Heels

It's easy to forget the way that things were (and, for some, the way things are). I get the extreme pleasure of sifting through the occasional Property Deed during the day, and came across this little gem of a restriction. The snippet shown below is from 1939.

70 years may seem like a lot, but it's just a blink.

My grandparents were already working their family farms at the time this document was printed. Hewlett-Packard was founded this year. Grapes of Wrath is published. Billie Holiday records "Strange Fruit". "Gone With the Wind" premiers. Oh, and this community-minded homeowner does his best to make sure his family land isn't tainted.

70 years may seem like a lot, but it's just a blink.

Sorry for the blurry reproduction, but the original was old. The text reads: 1. Neither the said lots, nor any part therof, nor any buildings which may be erected thereon, shall be sold, rented, leased or otherwise conveyed to any other than white persons.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You can't click on the picture.