In this letter to the Village Board, real estate company owner Paul Schroeder complains about an unknown "party" developing and subdividing lots in Wilmette. This offending developer, Schroeder protests, is ruining the aesthetic beauty of Wilmette, but the true source of his outrage seems to point elsewhere. In the second paragraph, Schroeder writes, "We stopped the same parties a few years ago from showing and selling to colored people in Wilmette."
Schroeder's admission reveals the power of Real Estate agents in housing discrimination -- if agents refused to show or sell to Black families, they could effectively (and quietly) keep communities segregated.
Source: Wilmette Historical Museum Collections
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