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Black and white photograph of J. Frank Wheaton, c.1913.

Attorney J. Frank Wheaton

J. Frank Wheaton, c.1913. Image is from the Minneapolis Twin City Star, September 5, 1913.

Black and white photograph of John Frank Wheaton, c.1900.

J. Frank Wheaton

John Frank Wheaton, c.1900. Photograph uploaded by Ancestry.com user LisaRoy 123.

Black and white photograph of John Frank Wheaton, c.1899.

John Frank Wheaton

John Frank Wheaton, c.1899. Photograph by Zimmerman, Charles A.

Wheaton, John Francis (1866–1922)

John Francis (J. Frank) Wheaton, a Twin Cities lawyer and orator, became the first African American elected to serve in the Minnesota legislature in 1898. A target of racial prejudice throughout his life, Wheaton believed in the political process as a means to improve the state’s civil rights laws.

Oil on canvas painting depicting Harriet Scott at Fort Snelling  by David Geister, 2013.

Harriet Scott at Fort Snelling

Harriet Scott at Fort Snelling, c.1837. Oil on canvas painting by David Geister, 2013.

Oil on canvas painting depicting Dred Scott at Fort Snelling by David Geister, 2013.

Dred Scott at Fort Snelling

Dred Scott at Fort Snelling, c.1837. Oil on canvas painting by David Geister, 2013.

Fort Snelling in the Expansionist Era, 1819–1858

The U.S. Army built Fort Snelling between 1820 and 1825 to protect American interests in the fur trade. It tasked the fort’s troops with deterring advances by the British in Canada, enforcing boundaries between the region’s American Indian nations, and preventing Euro-American immigrants from intruding on American Indian land. In these early years and until its temporary closure in 1858, Fort Snelling was a place where diverse people interacted and shaped the future state of Minnesota.

Black and white photograph of students at Gustavus Adolphus College c.1972.

Students at Gustavus Adolphus College

Students at Gustavus Adolphus College c.1972. Photographed by staff of the Gustavian Weekly student newspaper for an article published on December 8, 1972.

Black and white photograph of students at Gustavus Adolphus College c.1972.

Gustavus Adolphus students

Students at Gustavus Adolphus College c.1972. Photographed by staff of the Gustavian Weekly student newspaper for an article published on October 27, 1972.

Black and white photograph of Ron Ford, coordinator of the Black Student Organization at Gustavus Adolphus College in the 1970s.

Ron Ford

Ron Ford, coordinator of the Black Student Organization at Gustavus Adolphus College in the 1970s. Photographed by staff of the Gustavian Weekly student newspaper for an article published on December 8, 1972.

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