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Slaveholders and Real Estate in Minnesota

Minnesota's real estate industry was partially founded on slave capital. Learn about how Minnesotans recruited southern slaveholders to buy land, and see how Minnesota developed communities with the money from those sales.

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Slaveholders and Real Estate in Minnesota
Slaveholders and Real Estate in Minnesota

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Sep 15, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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"SLAVEHOLDERS AND REAL ESTATE IN MINNESOTA" -- Dr. Christopher P. Lehman, St. Cloud State University

Minnesota is not immune from the impacts of slavery in America. Despite its  northern location, it was a participant in the slave economy of the  United States from its time as a territory in the 1840s and early 50s  through investments by southern slaveholders in real estate, business  and institutions across the state.

“Slaveholders and Real Estate in Minnesota,” an online course to be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, will explore how Minnesota’s development as a territory and early years as a state were influenced by the wealth derived from slave labor. 

Taught by Christopher P. Lehman, Professor of Ethnic, Gender and Women’s Studies at St. Cloud State University, this class will examine the role of slaveholders and their wealth on Minnesota. The class will uncover how southern enslavers were encouraged by prominent local citizens to invest in the fledgling state and will expose the web of connections tying the state’s development to southern slavery.

General admission for the class is $10, though it is offered at a pay what you can rate. The recommended text is Slavery’s Reach: Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State by Christopher P. Lehman. The text is available at MNHS Press or your local bookstore.

This class is brought to you by Rethos: Places Reimagined and the Morrison County Historical Society, its Central Minnesota Education Coordinator.  This program has been financed in part by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.

Refund policy: Refunds are provided up to seven days prior to the class. Please email CentralMN@rethos.org if you would like a refund on your purchased ticket. Rethos will arrange to refund the cost of the class.

Cancellation policy: A class may be cancelled due to low enrollment. Decision to cancel a class will be announced to registrants at least 24 hours before the class' scheduled time. Refunds will be provided to all registrants.

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