The Process of Residential Segregation in New Orleans, 1895–1920

Wright Kennedy, University of South Carolina

This paper details the socio-spatial processes of residential segregation in New Orleans between 1895 and 1920. Historical GIS reveals the spatial patterns of demographic changes at the individual and neighborhood level while enabling a more nuanced investigation into the mechanisms of segregation. This study traces four strategies used by White residents to displace Black residents from shared neighborhoods: violence in the race riot of 1900, arson in the ten years following the riot, legal petitions to remove Black institutions and residents from areas of the city, and urban development projects that displaced Black communities.

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 Presented in Session 136. Geographies of Segregation and Inequality I