Why Black homeownership thrives in this special pocket of New York City
In a nation with a history of racist housing policies, this community became an enduring exception—and a point of pride.
Black families began moving to the St. Albans area in Queens, New York, in the 1930s, despite restrictions that were designed to keep them from buying homes there. In 1948 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial restrictions couldn’t be enforced.
ByMichael A. Fletcher
Photographs ByElias Williams
Published September 21, 2021
• 15 min read
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