A Nation of Walls

So-called race walls have been erected for decades by public agencies, developers, and white homeowners seeking to maintain segregation in American neighborhoods across the country. An artist-activist has been photographing the walls and talking to the people whose lives they interrupted.

An artist-activist catalogues the physical remnants and political legacies of “segregation walls,” unassuming bits of racist infrastructure that hide in plain sight in American neighborhoods.




  • Barbara Penner
  • Keith Eggener
  • Belmont Freeman

Barbara Penner

Barbara Penner is a columnist for Places. She is Professor of Architectural Humanities at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

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Simon Sadler

Simon Sadler is a columnist for Places. He teaches the history and theory of architecture, design, and urbanism across several programs at the University of California, Davis, where he is a professor in the Department of Design.

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Keith Eggener

Keith Eggener is a columnist for Places. He is Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon.

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Belmont Freeman

Belmont Freeman is a columnist for Places. He is principal of Belmont Freeman Architects, an award-winning design firm in New York City.

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