As part of the City's Black History Month programming, this mini-documentary on the Iowa Federation Home shares the story of the historic house on Iowa Avenue. During a time of racial discrimination and housing segregation in Iowa City and at the University of Iowa, learn how the Iowa Federation Home served as a refuge for African American students. Watch the program to learn about the people who fought for civil rights and housing equality in our community.

This video is the first half of a two-part series to highlight historic landmarks associated with African American History. Watch for the next video on Tate Arms, Iowa City’s first rooming house built expressly for Black tenants by a Black owner. Find more Black History Month programming on our website.

This video series is a collaboration of the Iowa City Office of Equity and Human Rights, The Iowa City Historic Preservation Commission, Friends of Historic Preservation, and City Channel 4.

Date of publication

Friday, February 12, 2021