Snelling Avenue: African American Community

Snelling Avenue: African American Community (HM2H9P)

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N 44° 56.892', W 93° 14.16'

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The Museum in the Streets: Minneapolis, Minnesota

—27th and Lake: Industry and Transportation Infrastructure —

African American families were among the first to settle in the neighborhood that grew south of East Lake Street. During much of the 20th century, restrictive housing covenants limited where African Americans could buy homes. Minority homeownership was possible along Snelling Avenue, making it one of the few areas in early 20th century Minneapolis where African Americans were able to establish a long-term community. Its location, along the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul (CM&StP) rail corridor, was a key appeal. At the time, African Americans were typically limited to certain types of employment, and the railroads offered some of the best-paying jobs around. The CM&StP provided a variety of jobs in the yards at Hiawatha and Lake Street, as well as positions as porters, cooks, waiters, and coachmen.

Familias Africana Americanas fueron las primeras en establecerse en el barrior que emergió al sur de East Lake Street. Durante gran parte del siglo 20, las cláusulas de vivienda restrictivas limitaban dónde éstos podían comprar casas. La propiedad de minorías era posible por Snelling Avenue, una de las pacas zonas en Minneapolis a principios de siglo donde Africano Americanos pudieron establecer una comunidad permanente. Su localidad en la vía ferroviaria Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul (CM&StP) era su principal atractivo. En aquella



época se limitaba el tipo de empleo de los Africano Americanos, y los ferrocarriles ofrecían los puestos mejor pagados. El CM&StP ofrecía una variedad de puestos en la playa de maniobras en Hiawatha y Lake Street, además de puestos como porteros, cocineros, meseros y cocheros.

Caption: Mary Edith James (Kyle), age 5, in front of her home on Snelling Avenue in 1914.
Caption: Ernest and Edith James in 1919.

This panel is sponsored by the Longfellow Community Council
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HM NumberHM2H9P
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Year Placed2012
Placed ByLake Street Council
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Date Added Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 at 8:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 481382 N 4977223
Decimal Degrees44.94820000, -93.23600000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 56.892', W 93° 14.16'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 56' 53.52" N, 93° 14' 9.6" W
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