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March on Milwaukee

From: Wisconsin Historical Society

Milwaukee has been called the most segregated city in America because African Americans and other minority groups have been limited in where they can live and work.

African Americans have lived in Milwaukee since the 1830s. Slow but steady migration continued as African Americans came up from the South to work in the city's factories and foundries.

By 1930, more than 70 percent of all African Americans in Wisconsin lived in Milwaukee. Banks, realtors, and the local government had an unwritten agreement that African Americans would be permitted to live only in the north end of the city in one concentrated district, the Inner Core.

This practice is known as redlining.

To experience the interactive story by the Wisconsin Historical Society, please click here.


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