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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.

Meet America’s Oldest Civil War Soldier

  Born into slavery in Alabama on July 4, 1838, Henry Mack escaped his master and later served as a soldier with the 57th U.S....

Civil Rights Pioneer Josie Johnson Sees ‘Hope in the Struggle’

  For years people have told Josie Johnson that she should write a book about her life's journey. And now that book has been written....

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...