Date(s) - 03/29/2023
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
As you may have learned reading the most recent edition of the Stoneleighite, deeds in the Stoneleigh neighborhood can be traced back to restrictive covenants that reflected the racism of the time the neighborhood was established and explicitly prohibited the deeded land from being occupied by “any negro or person of negro extraction.” Though this language is no longer unenforceable, it remains a part of the historical land record. Recent legislation, however, allows homeowners to submit a petition free of charge to modify their deeds and strike this offensive language. Though this modification will not alter or edit a historic record to completely “erase” the racist language, it will be filed in the index with the Clerk of the Court as a repudiation of these racist covenants and will be attached to the original deed so the most recent filings in the land record will show the language has been struck.
As part of the continued Stoneleigh 100-year celebration, we would like to conduct research into every residence in the Stoneleigh community by searching the land record to identify any deeds that still have the racial covenant’s language included and petition to have it struck from the land record.
If you would like to learn more about the history of the covenant, how to research whether the restrictive covenant is part of your property’s land records or assist with a neighborhood-wide project locating homes whose deeds still have this racially restrictive covenant, please join us for a webinar at 8 pm on Wednesday evening, March 28.
Please register at the following link: https://ubalt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkf-murDIoGtMs1E0qSzmNLi09jspuo_bb