A survey of African American housing in Madison, 1959

Negro housing in Madison


African-Americans in Madison in the 1950s faced segregation when seeking housing outside those areas traditionally open to them.  These "traditional" neighborhoods included South Madison, the Greenbush, and a small area on the east side a short distance from the square. Beginning in 1957, the Madison Branch of the NAACP undertook a housing study to better determine the characteristics of the housing available to and desired by African-Americans in Madison, as well as to document the experiences of African-Americans seeking housing in Madison. In compiling the data for this study, interviews were conducted with members of 171 households.



Related Topics: Industrialization and Urbanization
Wisconsin's Response to 20th-century change
Post-war African-American Migration
Desegregation and Civil Rights
Creator: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Madison Branch
Pub Data: Madison, Wisconsin : NAACP Madison Branch, 1959.
Citation: Negro housing in Madison. (Madison, Wisconsin : NAACP Madison Branch, 1959) Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1805; Visited on: 10/16/2018