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South Minneapolis home becomes historic site

July 24, 2014
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis home is being added to the National Register of Historic Places this month for its significance to the area's black history.

The Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/WG84ZG ) the modest craftsman house once belonging to Arthur and Edith Lee was the site of a showdown.

The couple and their 6-year-old daughter were the first black family to move into the all-white neighborhood in 1931. Mobs would frequently surround the home in hopes of intimidating and forcing them out.

Arthur Lee's fellow World War I veterans and postal workers joined forces to protect the couple. Police also protected the home for more than a year.

After two years of animosity, the Lees moved a mile north to a historically black neighborhood.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

 
 

 

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