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A look at Slavery in Minnesota

Join HCSCC on Saturday, February 22, when we welcome Dr. Christopher Lehman, chair and professor of Ethnic Studies at St. Cloud State University and author of Slavery’s Reach: Southern Slaveholders and the North Star State, for an insightful look at slavery in Minnesota.

From the 1840s through the end of the Civil War, leading Minnesotans invited slaveholders and their wealth into the free territory and free state of Minnesota, enriching the area’s communities and residents. Slaveholders’ wealth was even invested in some of the state’s most significant institutions and provided a financial foundation for several towns and counties – and the money generated by Minnesota investments flowed both ways, supporting some of the South’s largest plantations. Through careful historical research in obscure records, censuses, newspapers, and archival collections, Christopher Lehman has brought to light this hidden history of northern complicity in America’s “peculiar institution.”

Admission is free and the program begins shortly after 1:00PM.