Prince at his sixth birthday party

Prince at his sixth birthday party

Prince (at center, directly above the cake) at his sixth birthday party with family and friends, 1964. Used with the permission of Charles “Chazz” Smith.

Mattie (Shaw) Nelson and Prince

Mattie (Shaw) Nelson and Prince

Mattie (Shaw) Nelson, Prince’s mother (seated, at left), with Prince and Prince’s uncle, Frank, ca. 1959. Used with the permission of Charles “Chazz” Smith.

Prince as a baby, with family

Prince (Skipper) as a baby, with family

John Nelson (seated, at right) with his son Prince (Skipper) on his lap, ca. 1959. Prince’s cousin Charles “Chazz” Smith (in suspenders) sits to John’s right. Used with the permission of Charles “Chazz” Smith.

Prince performing “Purple Rain” at First Avenue, 1983.

Prince performing “Purple Rain” at First Avenue

Prince performing “Purple Rain” at First Avenue, August 3, 1983. Photograph by Joel Bremer. CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Prince (1958–2016)

Prince was a Minnesota-based singer, songwriter, musician, studio engineer, actor, director, dancer, and music legend. Over his nearly forty-year career, he sold more than100 million albums; he also won seven Grammys and an Oscar. He was the main creator of the “Minneapolis Sound,” a blending of rhythm and blues, funk, rock, pop, punk, and new wave that defined the music of the 1980s.

Color image of children and adults during a picnic. Photograph by Charles Chamblis, ca. 1985.

Group on a picnic

Children and adults during a picnic. Photograph by Charles Chamblis, ca. 1985.

Color image of the band Flyte Tyme, ca. 1980.

Flyte Tyme

The band Flyte Tyme, and friends, in Halloween costumes: Terry Lewis (in silver with arms outstretched), Cynthia Johnson (bottom center), and Jellybean Johnson (back right). Photograph by Charles Chamblis, ca. 1980.

Color image of an event held in honor of Anthony Brutus Cassius, 1980.

Event held in honor of Anthony Brutus Cassius

Event held in honor of Anthony Brutus Cassius in Minneapolis on October 8, 1980. Pictured are (left to right): Harry Davis, Father Johnson, Nellie Stone Johnson, and Anthony Brutus Cassius.

Black and white photograph of the senior usher board, St. Peter’s AME Church, Minneapolis, ca. 1960.

Senior usher board, St. Peter’s AME Church

Senior usher board, St. Peter’s AME Church, Minneapolis, ca. 1960.

Black and white photograph of NAACP members picketing outside Woolworth’s for integrated lunch counters, St. Paul, 1960.

NAACP members picketing outside Woolworth’s in St. Paul

NAACP members picketing outside Woolworth’s for integrated lunch counters, St. Paul, 1960.

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