Learn how to remove racial covenants from housing deeds

Daily Herald report
Updated 6/29/2022 3:15 PM

Naper Settlement in Naperville is offering "Unvarnished: Deed Scrubbing Workshop" from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

On Jan. 1, 2022, a new state law allowing Illinois homeowners to remove racially or religiously restrictive covenants from their property deed for a small fee went into effect.


These covenants, made illegal with the 1968 Fair Housing Act, are a legacy of housing discrimination.

Join Naper Settlement's curator of research to learn more about the history of racial covenants and the process put in place by the new law to remove them from housing deeds.

A person does not need to be a homeowner or a Naperville resident to attend.

The workshops last about 30 minutes. The cost is included in general admission

General museum admission is $12 for ages 13 or older, $10 for ages 62 or older, and $8 for ages 4-12. Naperville residents with proof of residency, children younger than 4, and members receive free admission. For information about a specific event or program, and to purchase museum admission tickets, visit NaperSettlement.org.

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