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Sturm College of Law


Interstate highways, Segregation


In recent months, citizens and elected officials around the country have been tearing down or ordering the removal of monuments that symbolize white supremacy and subjugation. While many of the targeted monuments are statues of people who supported or espoused racist ideologies, another set of more innocuous monuments to racial segregation still stand: America’s Highways.

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Originally published as Sarah B. Schindler, Tear It All Down: Highways as Racist Monuments, JOTWELL (Sept. 24, 2020), (reviewing Deborah N. Archer, “White Men’s Roads Through Black Men’s Homes”: Advancing Racial Equity Through Highway Reconstruction, 73 Vanderbilt L. Rev. 1259 (2020)).