Tributes after sudden death of University of Minnesota's Mapping Prejudice Project co-founder

Kevin Ehrman-Solberg died at the weekend.
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Loved ones and colleagues have been paying tribute to Kevin Ehrman-Solberg following his sudden death in Minneapolis at the weekend.

Ehrman-Solberg was the co-founder of the University of Minnesota's Mapping Prejudice project, which seeks to visualize "the hidden histories of race and privilege in the built environment."

This notably included the recent launch of resources helping homeowners in the Twin Cities determine if their properties had "racial covenants" attached to them, and to disavow the racist, now-illegal restrictions.

Social media posts show he had been reported missing after leaving his home last week to go for a walk. He and his vehicle were last seen near The Quarry in Northeast Minneapolis, with his body later found following a search near a park, according to a post from Ehrman-Solberg's cousin on Facebook.

A CaringBridge page created to inform family and friends of memorial arrangements says his death was confirmed on Saturday. No details as to his cause of death have been released.

"Kevin was a geographer, co-founder of Mapping Prejudice, a PhD candidate at the U of M, and a community-activist," the CaringBridge page says. "He was a beloved son, brother, fiancé, friend, and champion of a brighter world."

The 33-year-old Minneapolis native attended Minnetonka High School, Augsburg University, and the University of Minnesota.

He was engaged to be married to Maggie Mills, who posted a public tribute on her Facebook page: "On Saturday the world lost its most beautiful soul and I lost the love of my life. I am completely shattered. Kevin is the most brilliant, funny, charismatic, handsome, talented, and thoughtful person I have ever met. I am so lucky that I got to spend my days with him. His loss is unspeakable. My love for him is endless, he is forever my person."

Tributes were shared by the University of Minnesota and several public TV stations on which Ehrman-Solberg has appeared, including TPT-Twin Cities.

The Mapping Prejudice Project, which has suspended its transcription sessions for the summer in the wake of Ehrman-Solberg's death, posted: "Our colleague and friend, Kevin Ehrman-Solberg, died unexpectedly over the weekend. Kevin co-founded Mapping Prejudice, served as digital and geospatial director for the project, and was a graduate student in the University of Minnesota’s geography department. A memorial service is being planned.

"Kevin was someone who touched so many of your lives over the last several years. He was creative and brilliant – he was instrumental in creating a new methodology for visualizing racial restrictions. We were so fortunate to be able to work with him to create a project that has changed our community for the better."

Ehrman-Solberg gave a talk at TEDxMinneapolis about his work mapping geographical racial disparities in Minneapolis, which you can watch below.

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