This Day in Minnesota History

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Today's Date: March 28

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William Maupins, Duluth's premier civil rights leader, dies. He served as president of the Duluth NAACP chapter, and, when a black family was prevented from moving into a Duluth neighborhood, he launched the campaign that led to a city fair-housing ordinance. He also organized a food drive for poor blacks in Mississippi; when white truckers in the South tried to block the shipments, he persuaded Duluth teamsters to deliver the food.