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Home for Transient Girls

Home for Transient Girls

By 1911, Minneapolis had the third-largest population of young women living and working away from home. Various resources for these young migrant women were supported by the Women's Christian Association, including women-only hotels and boarding houses. Transient homes were often located near train stations and were available to a broader group of women, including pregnant women and older women with children. The goal of these services were to protect young women from actual or perceived problems. As more women moved to cities and took jobs in shops and factories, organizations such as the Women's Christian Association feared for the young women's "virtue," offering what they called "moral protection." 

The home pictured here is the Transient Home for Girls at 1714 Stevens Avenue South in Minneapolis. It was listed in the 1918-1919 "Negro Year Book," published by the Tuskegee Institute. In a chart labeled "Homes for the Care of Adults and Children which are for Negroes or Admit Negroes," the Transient Home is included as a place for "girls seeking employment and women traveling." The home was one of 11 such places listed.