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Minnesota man on his motorcycle

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Minnesota man on his motorcycle

African-American man on his 1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead motorcycle.

Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on May 28, 1947.

For details, view this photograph in our collections database.

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African-American heroes T-shirt

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

African-American heroes t-shirt

Today, June 19th, is known as “Juneteenth”, a celebration commemorating the end of slavery. Among all the other celebrations, MHS also marks the day with this “Most of my heroes don’t appear on a stamp” T-Shirt sold at the 1990 Juneteenth celebration.

For details, view this T-shirt in our collections database.

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Joe Louis in Minneapolis

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Joe Louis in Minneapolis

Photograph of heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis speaking to a KSTP television news reporter. Louis had traveled to the Twin Cities to promote his namesake soft drink, Joe Louis Punch. Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on July 6, 1948.

For details, view the photograph in our online collections database.

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Flyte Time

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Flyte Time

Members of the band Flyte Tyme, including Terry Lewis (middle center), Cynthia Johnson (bottom center), and Jellybean Johnson (back right), pose for a group photograph in their Halloween costumes. Captured by photographer Charles Chamblis circa 1980.

For details, view the photograph in our online collections database.

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Elmer Ray

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Elmer Ray

Photograph of boxer Elmer “Kid Violent” Ray at home with one of his heavyweight boxing championship trophies. Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on September 10, 1946.

For details, view the photograph in our online collections database.

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Martha E. Clark Hall and Laura Furness

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Martha E. Clark Hall and Laura Furness

Martha E. Clark Hall, who worked as the nurse of Laura Furness, poses with her charge for a photograph taken in 1882 or 1883. Laura Furness was the daughter of Marion Ramsey Furness and Charles Eliot Furness, and the granddaughter of Minnesota governor Alexander Ramsey.

For details, view the photograph in our online collections database.

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Adirondack chair kit

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Adirondack chair kit

Adirondack chair kit produced by Joel Sisson’s Green Chair Project, a community construction initiative with an emphasis on outreach to inner city youth founded in Minneapolis circa 1993.  The plywood crate contains the wood parts needed to build an Adirondack chair and the jigs/templates used to assemble the chair and to cut additional parts.   The kit’s parts comprise a crate bottom with several attached jigs and templates; a crate lid with attached jig and template; side rails/rear feet; armrests; seat slats; backrest slats; a backrest support; seat supports; front legs; and armrest support brackets.

For details, view the kit in our online collections database.

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Happy Juneteenth!

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Happy Juneteenth

“Bumbrby” hat designed by Betty Comer of Washington, D.C. and purchased at the 1992 Juneteenth celebration in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The Juneteenth holiday commemorates the abolition of slavery in the United States as announced on June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas.  The hat is made of African glazed cotton fabric stretched along a wire to form a wide, sweeping brim.  The cotton is printed with representations of a crown, dove, lamb, spear, and open book.

For details, view the hat in our online collections database.

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Happy Memorial Day

Monday, May 28th, 2012

World War II officer's insignia

Collection of military insignia awarded to First Lieutenant LeRoy A. Bell during World War II. At the center of the frame is a color photograph of Bell in uniform. The surrounding insignia include, clockwise from top: a service cap device; a first lieutenant’s bar; U.S. collar insignia; cavalry insignia; a distinguished unit citation ribbon bar; World War II Victory, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign, and American Campaign service ribbons; 761st Tank Battalion insignia; a 761st Tank Battalion shoulder patch; cavalry insignia; U.S. collar insignia; and a first lieutenant’s bar.

From Bell’s obituary published in the Star Tribune on June 3, 2008:

Born in Carroll, Iowa on March 20, 1920. LeRoy was a graduate of South High School, class of 1938. LeRoy served his country proudly in the U.S. Army 27th Calvary, Fort Riley, Kansas and 761st Tank Battalion in Northern France during World War II, retiring as a First Lieutenant. He continued as a member of the Minnesota Buffalo Soldiers in the Twin Cities. He worked and retired as a Computer Programmer from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Sounds of Blackness sign

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Sounds of Blackness sign

Sign advertising Sounds of Blackness, a Twin Cities-based music ensemble led by choir director Gary Hines.  Three of the group’s recordings have won Grammy awards.  The sign was originally displayed on a bus operated by the Jefferson Transportation Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota during the 1970s.

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