Black Jack, Missouri, Housing Controversy Collection, 1973-1976 (S0007)

0.05 cubic foot, 13 folders

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In an attempt to stop the Park View Heights Corporation from building an integrated housing complex in Black Jack, Missouri, the Municipality adopted a zoning ordinance forbidding multiple-family dwellings in 1970. Park View Heights Corporation filed a lawsuit against the City of Black Jack in 1971, stating the city’s motivations for restrictive zoning were racial. At the same time, the U.S. Department of Justice also filed a suit against the City of Black Jack for similar reasons. In 1972, U.S. District Judges Roy Harper and James H. Meredith accepted the city’s denial of racial motivation. In 1974 the U.S. Eight Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that decision and struck down the ordinance, and the City of Black Jack was forced to allow the construction of Park View Heights. The collection includes court documents, memoranda, newspaper clippings, and a University of Missouri-St. Louis student paper.