Living Apart:¬

Geography of Segregation in the 21st Century


1940 Home Owners Loan Corporation “Redlining” Map of Greater Norfolk.


November 18, 2022-February 5, 2023

Living Apart: Geography of Segregation in the 21st Century explores the ongoing impacts of our nation’s long history of housing discrimination. The U.S. government spent much of the 20th century engineering racial segregation. Across the country, it created housing policies that were intentional, racist, and restrictive. Each one funneled financial growth away from Black and Brown neighborhoods. The fallout of these policies still resounds today through economic, environmental, and health inequalities that pervade these same neighborhoods. These polices have a direct impact on our region.

We can only find ways forward toward a shared democratic prosperity if we understand how we got here. Living Apart charts this path. Christopher Newport University Professor Johnny C. Finn is a researcher and geographer. With this exhibition, Finn has created a way to see the long-term effects of racist housing policies in our region. Through maps, images, and personal accounts, we can see the damage they incurred. We can grapple with the legacy of segregation and build a more racially just future.

Curated by Johnny C. Finn, PhD Associate Professor of Geography, Christopher Newport University and Heather Hakimzadeh, Senior Curator and Special Projects Manager, Virginia MOCA.

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Image: 1940 Home Owners Loan Corporation “Redlining” Map of Greater Norfolk, Map Source: National Archives and Records Administration; Mapping Inequality:

Our Supporters


Living Apart is generously underwritten by The Lawson Companies.

Supported by Virginia Geographic Alliance, Institute of Human Geography, Christopher Newport University, CNU Center for Community Engagement, Ferguson Fellowship for Community Engagement.