Mary Everett


Candace Simpson

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Mary Everett describes moving into theLedgewood Road neighborhood in West Hartford, Connecticut in 1970, and how her real estate agent mentioned that the property deed included a racially restrictive covenant from the 1940s that was no longer enforceable.She also discusses racial, religious, and socioeconomic steering of homebuyers by real estate agents during the 1970s. She also recalls her role as a member of the League of Women Voters, the Webster Hill PTO, and the West Hartford Board of Education in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when she was involved inpolicy debates on regionalism, public school closings, and redistricting during this period. As the parent of white children and a Haitian foster child, she reflects on the changing racial and ethnic composition of West Hartford in recent years.


Submitted as part of the OnTheLine web-book by Jack Dougherty and colleagues (

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