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‘Playground of the People?’ Mapping Racial Covenants in 20th Century Minneapolis

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of the interdisciplinary online journal, Open Rivers: Rethinking Water, Place & Community. Special thanks to...

Did Your Neighborhood Contribute to Institutional Racism?

When we think about segregation, we think about signs. Signs that prohibited black people in the South from using things that white people used,...

Emanuel Cohen and the Battle Against Anti-Semitism in Minneapolis

In 1919, the Minnesota State Legislature struck the first blow against bias in real estate transactions with a law that banned religious discrimination in...

‘Jim Crow of the North’ Inspires Viewers to Take Action

On Monday, February 25, we premiered the new documentary, Jim Crow of the North, on Minnesota Experience, a film that delves into the complex...

Jim Crow of the North (Full Episode)

Why does Minnesota suffer through some of the worst racial disparities in the nation? The team behind Mapping Prejudice looks to answer that question...

Voyageur. Entrepreneur. Diplomat. Meet MN Black Pioneer George Bonga.

  Born to an African fur trader and an Ojibwe woman, George Bonga and his siblings are considered to be the first people of African...

Get an Early Look at ‘Jim Crow of the North’

  The roots of racial disparities run deep in the origins of housing segregation in the Minneapolis area. But this story also illustrates how African-American...

Discover How African Americans Have Spurred Change in MN

  FULL-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY From fur trader George Bonga to the state's first black woman lawyer, Lena Smith, explore the "hidden history" of African Americans who helped...

Dive into the ‘Hidden History’ of MN’s Black Pioneers

  FULL-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY Explore the "hidden history" of African Americans who helped shape the North Star State of Minnesota in North Star: Making Home. From fur...

This Prince Set the Stage for the Minneapolis Sound… In 1896

  During the Civil War, an African-American boy fled slavery and became a messenger boy for a Minnesota Officer. The boy, Prince Albert Honeycutt, followed...