Dirty Deeds Project

Through this collaboration, 407 deeds in the North Shore of Boston that once contained racially restrictive covenants within them were identified (later reduced to 390 after duplicates were removed) in Southern Essex County.

The Dirty Deeds Project is a collaboration between Harborlight Homes, the NAACP North Shore Branch, and the Mapping Prejudice Project at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Allowing the presence of racial covenants without redress signals to those targeted that they are not welcome or wanted in our communities.

These covenants stand against the promise to make this nation an inclusive place for all, especially those that have suffered irreparable pain and injustices.

Although present day Fair Housing Policy aims to protect groups from such discriminations today, not moving to expunge racially restrictive language from deeds allows for a wounding legacy of discrimination to stand.

The Salem News: Project identifies racial covenants in North Shore deeds

Are you a Homeowner Wishing to Expunge a Radically Restrictive Covenant?

The first step in expunging this language from your deed is to file a Land Court Standing Order 2-21, of Massachusetts form COMPLAINT TO DECLARE CERTAIN PROVISIONS VOID.

For more information, visit : Land Court Standing Order 2-21: Remedies for void provisions under chapter 184, § 23B


Jean Michael Fana

Advocacy & Education Manager