African Americans made up a small percentage of early Minnesota's population, but that small population played important roles in the territorial and early statehood years. Although slavery was banned in Minnesota, enslaved blacks lived and often fought for their freedom here, while free blacks settled, worked, and built communities. Early residents such as George Bonga, Jim Thompson, Emily Grey and Dred Scott left important legacies on pre-Civil War Minnesota.
Watch this recorded one-hour webinar discussing the lives and contributions of Minnesota's earliest black residents. Participants will receive content instruction, classroom activities, and one hour of continuing education credit.
Contact Jessica Rust to register for the recorded webinar.