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North Star: Minnesota's Black Pioneers

Bonga

Half black, half Ojibwe, George Bonga was the first-known person of African ancestry...

Bonga

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North Star: Minnesota's Black Pioneers

Capitol Pillars

From the state's birth to 2004, Minnesota elected only one African American State...

Capitol Pillars

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North Star: Minnesota's Black Pioneers

Fearless and from the West

In a time when it was rare for African American women to work as "professionals...

Fearless and from the West

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North Star: Minnesota's Black Pioneers

Hallock's Handyman

Inventor, racecar driver and self-taught engineer Frederick McKinley Jones is...

Hallock's Handyman

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North Star: Minnesota's Black Pioneers

Minnesotans March

The historic March on Washington solidified the Civil Rights Movement. For the...

Minnesotans March

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North Star: Minnesota's Black Pioneers

On the Side of Freedom

In 1857, Emily Grey set foot on the banks of St. Anthony Falls. In Minnesota...

On the Side of Freedom

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North Star: Minnesota's Black Pioneers

Our Able Attorney

Fredrick McGhee was Minnesota's first black lawyer. His good looks, articulate speech...

Our Able Attorney

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North Star: Minnesota's Black Pioneers

Pilgrim's Progress

In 1863, Missouri slave preacher Robert Hickman led a community of African Americans...

Pilgrim's Progress

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North Star: Minnesota's Black Pioneers

Portrait of Progress

At the turn of the 20th century, Harry Shepherd was one of Minnesota's most...

Portrait of Progress

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North Star: Minnesota's Black Pioneers

Presence of the Past

In June of 1920, six black circus workers were wrongly accused of raping a white...

Presence of the Past

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North Star: Minnesota's Black Pioneers

Prince of Fergus Falls

In 1900, Fergus Falls was home to over 50 African Americans. The first among them was...

Prince of Fergus Falls

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North Star: Minnesota's Black Pioneers

Renaissance Women

In between World Wars, the Harlem renaissance gave rise to a "new kind of Negro...

Renaissance Women