Southside African American Community, Minneapolis

Minneapolis historically has been home to a small but vibrant African American population. From the 1930s to the 1970s, an African American neighborhood flourished on the city’s Southside, between East Thirty-Fourth and Forty-Sixth Streets and from Nicollet Avenue to Chicago Avenue.

Color image of the Sabathanites Drum Corps, circa. 1960s. Photographed by Suluki Fardan.

Sabathanites Drum Corps, ca. 1960s

Sabathanites Drum Corps, ca. 1960s. Photographed by Suluki Fardan.

Color image of the Sabathanites Drum Corps, Minneapolis, ca. early 2000s. Photographed by Suluki Fardan.

Sabathanites Drum Corps

Sabathanites Drum Corps, Minneapolis, ca. early 2000s. Photographed by Suluki Fardan.

Color image of the Sabathanites Drum Corps marching in parade in Minneapolis, ca. early 2000s. Photographed by Suluki Fardan.

Sabathanites Drum Corps marching in Minneapolis parade

Sabathanites Drum Corps marching in parade in Minneapolis, ca. early 2000s. Photographed by Suluki Fardan.

Sabathanites Drum Corps

Founded in 1964, the Sabathanites Drum Corps is the oldest existing African American drum corps in Minnesota. It started as a youth group, but in 2017, some of its original members are still performing with the corps after over fifty years.

Black and white photograph of a children's theater group at the Phyllis Wheatley House, ca. 1960.

Children's theater group at the Phyllis Wheatley House

Children's theater group at the Phyllis Wheatley House, ca. 1960.

Black and white photograph of the Wheatley Aires, Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, ca. 1950.

The Wheatley Aires, Phyllis Wheatley Community Center

The Wheatley Aires, Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, ca. 1950.

Black and white photograph of a neighborhood dance at Phyllis Wheatley House, ca. 1945.

Neighborhood dance at Phyllis Wheatley House

Neighborhood dance at Phyllis Wheatley House, ca. 1945.

Black and white photograph of people playing table tennis and billiards at the Phyllis Wheatley House, ca. 1940.

People playing table tennis and billiards at the Phyllis Wheatley House

People playing table tennis and billiards at the Phyllis Wheatley House, ca. 1940.

Black and white photograph of a football game at Phyllis Wheatley House, 1940.

Football game at Phyllis Wheatley House

Football game at Phyllis Wheatley House, 1940.

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