Black and white panoramic view of St. Paul, showing the State Capitol, background left, ca. 1870

Panoramic view of St. Paul

Panoramic view of St. Paul showing the State Capitol, background left, ca. 1870.

Early scenes in St. Paul, 1841–1875: A Pictorial history of Pioneer Days. Photographs by Edward Augustus Bromley, 1904 (copyright date).

Early scenes in St. Paul, 1841–1875

Early scenes in St. Paul, 1841–1875: A Pictorial History of Pioneer Days. Photographs by Edward Augustus Bromley, 1904 (copyright date).

Black and white photograph of St. Paul, showing the first state capitol, ca. 1868. Photographed by Benjamin Franklin Upton.

View of St. Paul showing the first state capitol

View of St. Paul showing the first state capitol, ca. 1868. Photographed by Benjamin Franklin Upton.

Flyer created to advertise the first Rondo Days celebration, held in St. Paul, 1983.

Flyer advertising the first Rondo Days celebration

Flyer created to advertise the first Rondo Days celebration, held in St. Paul, 1983.

Black and white photograph of the construction of I-94 at the former intersection of Rondo and Fairview Avenues, September 1, 1967.

Construction of I-94 on the site of Rondo Avenue

Construction of I-94 at the former intersection of Rondo and Fairview Avenues, September 1, 1967.

Black and white photograph looking south down Arundel Street from Rondo Avenue, ca. 1940.

Arundel Street from Rondo Avenue

Looking south down Arundel Street from Rondo Avenue, ca. 1940.

Black and white photograph of Rondo Avenue from the Josiah B. Cheney residence (604 Rondo Avenue), ca. 1900.

View of Rondo Avenue from the Josiah B. Cheney residence

View of Rondo Avenue from the Josiah B. Cheney residence (604 Rondo Avenue), ca. 1900.

Black and white photograph of the Rondo Street police station at the intersection of Rondo Street and Western Avenue, ca. 1900.

Rondo Street police station

Rondo Street police station at the intersection of Rondo Street and Western Avenue, ca. 1900.

Rondo Neighborhood, St. Paul

St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood ran roughly between University Avenue to the north, Selby Avenue to the south, Rice Street to the east, and Lexington Avenue to the west. African American churches, businesses, and schools set down roots there in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, creating a strong community. Construction of Interstate-94 (I-94) between 1956 and 1968 cut the neighborhood in half and fractured its identity as a cultural center.

St. Paul, looking toward Fourth and Robert Streets

St. Paul as it appeared in 1857, a year after Joseph Israel Lobdell arrived there. Photograph by Franklin Benjamin Upton.

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