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History Break: A Malignant Legacy: Evolving Attitudes of White Minnesotans Toward Fellow Black Citizens

February 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Mix up your lunch routine and take a History Break at the Goodhue County Historical Society! Bring your lunch to the History Center on Wednesday, February 19th from 12-1 PM, for an engaging and thought-provoking program on local history and race relations. Local historian, educator and award-winning author Frederick Johnson takes a a look at the long and complex record of African Americans in Red Wing and Goodhue County. Johnson’s Uncertain Lives, a 2005 history on this topic, was labeled in a Minnesota History review as “an important work that provides foundation for more research in this area.”
The program is free of charge, and copies of Mr. Johnson’s book are available for purchase at the History Center.
Similar to virtually every other ethnic group that moved into the Red Wing area in the late 19th century, the African American community hoped to build successful lives in a vibrant Minnesota frontier village. However, the legacy of slavery and entrenched racist attitudes throughout the country and the state made this goal complicated, dangerous, and uncertain. Johnson’s book explores the history of race relations—and racism—in Red Wing, and tells a piece of Minnesota history that is not discussed often enough.


February 19
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm