Introduction

This site traces the use of race restrictive deed covenants in Iowa in the first half of the twentieth century. Use the menu above to explore race restrictions in Johnson County and Black Hawk County, including maps of all the restricted parcels and subdivisions; copies of the restrictive agreements and covenants; and further background information on patterns of racial restriction in each setting. Under “Learn More” you will find information on the importance and impact of these racial restrictions, their legal history, and their use in other settings.

Go to the Johnson County Map

Go to the Black Hawk County Map