Slavery

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Sleuths Trace Fate Of 1st Black Male Slave Freed By Lincoln, Who Died In Minn.

Researchers believe they found the grave of a man who could be considered the first black male slave freed by Abraham Lincoln, tracking his final resting place to the cemetery of a former Minnesota psychiatric hospital. William Henry Costley was just 10 months old in 1841 when Lincoln, who was still a young lawyer, won an Illinois Supreme Court case freeing Costley’s mother from indentured servitude.

07/18/2015

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New Petition Calls For Name Change Of Lake Calhoun

A new petition is asking that the name of Lake Calhoun be changed. The lake is named after John C. Calhoun, a former war department secretary who helped bring Fort Snelling to Minnesota. He is also known for supporting slavery.

06/23/2015

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Target Pulls Confederate Soldier Costume

Target Corporation has removed a Confederate officer costume from sales on its website in the aftermath of the murders at a black Charleston, South Carolina church last week.

06/23/2015

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Local Churches Use ‘Juneteenth’ To Discuss Charleston Shooting

June 20 is known as “Juneteenth,” the oldest known celebration marking the end of slavery in the United Sates. People celebrated in Minneapolis Saturday at the North Mississippi Regional Park.

06/20/2015

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Movie Blog: ’12 Years A Slave’ A Tough Look At America’s Past

“12 Years a Slave” is unquestionably an absolutely necessary corrective to any lingering sentiment regarding the antebellum Old South and, on a larger scale, the blood that lubricated the Great Experiment, so long as you believe no one is truly free unless everyone is.

11/01/2013

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Mpls. Students Explore Black History On Stage

In front of parents and family members, students at Minnesota School of Science (MSS) performed a play that brought history to life and highlighted their heritage.

02/22/2013

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Families Flock To Juneteenth Celebrations

Juneteenth celebrations were held Saturday at the North Mississippi Regional Park. There were bands, food and many other family-friendly activities.

06/16/2012

Lake Calhoun

Views On Slavery Cause Lake Calhoun Renaming Effort

The Minneapolis Parks Board is being asked to change the name of Lake Calhoun because its namesake was a politician who supported slavery.

05/20/2011