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For decades, Twin Cities PBS has explored the stories, the histories and the contributions of Minnesota's Black Pioneers, men and women who have forever shaped what it means to live here. This collection represents a blend of stories about the people, the places and the experiences that continue to ripple through the present moment.
For decades, Twin Cities PBS has explored the stories, the histories and the contributions of Minnesota's Black Pioneers, men and women who have forever shaped what it means to live here. This collection represents a blend of stories about the people, the places and the experiences that continue to ripple through the present moment.

10 Things to Know About Two Trailblazing Lady Bosses

  Anna Arnold Hedgeman and Ethel Ray Nance both grew up in rural Minnesota. Both were involved in human services. And both contributed to the...

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...

Step into the complex history of Civil War-era Minnesota

  Study Civil War-era history for any length of time and you start to realize that it's seldom as straightforward as some textbooks might have...

Martin Luther King in Minnesota

  FULL-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY Listen to a speech given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the University of Minnesota in 1967, followed by an interview hosted...

MN Republicans Fight for Black Voting Rights and Win… 150 Years...

  Voting rights were a hot topic on election day in Minnesota one hundred and fifty years ago. In 1868, Minnesota’s Republican party focused its...

Cornerstones: A History of North Minneapolis

  FULL-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY Cornerstones: A History of North Minneapolis explores the neighborhood's diverse past through the power of place. Co-produced with the University of Minnesota and...