Children riding a camel in Minneapolis

Two children ride a camel in Minneapolis at the intersection of Pillsbury Avenue and West Lake Street. Camels are traditionally used for transporting both people and goods in Somalia. Photograph by Bill Jolitz, 2012. Printed in Somalis in Minnesota, by Ahmed Ismail Yusuf (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2012), 26.

Photograph of a child playing a traditional Somali drum with help from adults

A child plays a traditional Somali drum with help from adults

A child plays a traditional Somali drum with help from adults while celebrating Somali Independence Day in Minneapolis on July 9, 2016. The holiday is observed in Somalia every year on July 1. It celebrates the creation of Somalia through the unification of the former Italian Somaliland and the former British Somaliland on July 1, 1960. Photograph by Flickr user Fibonacci Blue. CC BY 2.0.

Photograph of adults and children celebrating Somali Independence Day

Adults and children celebrating Somali Independence Day

Adults and children celebrate Somali Independence Day in Minneapolis on July 9, 2016. The holiday is observed in Somalia every year on July 1. It celebrates the creation of Somalia through the unification of the former Italian Somaliland and the former British Somaliland on July 1, 1960. Photograph by Flickr user Fibonacci Blue. CC BY 2.0.

Photograph of women celebrating Somali Independence Day.

Women celebrating Somali Independence Day

Women celebrate Somali Independence Day in Minneapolis on July 9, 2016. The holiday is observed in Somalia every year on July 1. It celebrates the creation of Somalia through the unification of the former Italian Somaliland and the former British Somaliland on July 1, 1960. Photograph by Flickr user Fibonacci Blue. CC BY 2.0.

Map of Somalia

Map of Somalia

Map of Somalia with inset showing its location relative to other parts of the world. Posted by Wikimedia Commons user TUBS, May 19, 2011. CC BY-SA 3.0.

Dr. Chauncey Almer Kelsey

Dr. Chauncey Almer Kelsey

Dr. Chauncey Almer Kelsey, ca. 1890s. Published in Rev. William Wilkinson's Minnesota Forest Fires (Minneapolis: Wilkinson, 1895), 30.

Black and white photograph of Ben and Sophie Finer, mid-to-late 1920s. From the collection of Brad Feinner.

Ben and Sophie Finer

Ben and Sophie Finer, mid-to-late 1920s.

Black and white photograph of Warren and Mary Amanda Braman, ca. 1880s–1890s. From the collection of CarrieJo Cowler.

Warren and Mary Amanda Braman

Warren and Mary Amanda Braman, ca. 1880s–1890s.

Jewish Immigrants in Brook Park

The village of Brook Park supported a small but vital Jewish community for a brief period in the mid-1890s. That community dispersed after the Great Hinckley Fire destroyed the village on September 1, 1894, just months after many of the immigrants had arrived.

Yang family in Ban Vinai refugee camp, Thailand.

Yang family before coming to the United States from Thailand

The Yang family in Ban Vinai refugee camp, Thailand, ca. 1978.

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