The History of Segregation and Affordable Housing in Fairfield County, Part One

November 7th, 2019

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Free program located at Fairfield Museum and History Center


Connecticut is one of the most segregated states in the country due to a long history of public and private actions. Please join us to explore this history and its consequences in this two-part series hosted by the Fairfield and Westport Museums in partnership with Open Communities Alliance, TEAM Westport and the First Church Congregational of Fairfield.


In Part One, on November 7th, we will explore how government policies that contributed to residential segregation, both nationally and in Westport and Fairfield shaped where affordable housing is located – or not located – throughout Fairfield County. “Segregated by Design” a short film based on the book, The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein, will be shown before delving into the local stories and personal experiences of community members and museums.


In Part Two, on November 20th we will explore the impact of residential segregation, particularly with regards to the availability and location of affordable housing, and within the context of maintaining vibrant towns.


To learn more about the Open Communities Alliance and reserve your space please visit their website at


This program is free to the public, but reservations are recommended. Donations are appreciated and can be made online here.