Black and white photograph of Lafayette Bliss, ca. 1900. Photographed by the Yates sisters.

Lafayette Bliss

Lafayette Bliss, ca. 1900. Photographed by the Yates sisters.

Black and white photograph of William Wallace Braden, ca. 1863. Photographed by Joel Emmons Whitney.

William Wallace Braden

William Wallace Braden, ca. 1863. Photographed by Joel Emmons Whitney.

Black and white photograph of William T. Francis, from Northwestern Bulletin Appeal, November 1, 1924.

William Francis

William T. Francis, from Northwestern Bulletin Appeal, November 1, 1924. This is the last known photograph of Francis.

Black and white photograph of a young W.T. Francis. The image is from the St. Paul Appeal, May 2, 1903, p. 3, when Francis was thirty-four, but shows Francis years earlier. This is the first known photograph of him.

Young William T. Francis

A young W.T. Francis. The image is from the St. Paul Appeal, May 2, 1903, when Francis was thirty-four, but shows Francis years earlier. This is the first known photograph of him.

Black and white photograph of William T. Francis, ca. 1904.

William T. Francis

William T. Francis, ca. 1904.

Francis, William T. (1869–1929)

William T. Francis, Minnesota’s first African American diplomat, served as U.S. Minister and Consul to Liberia, West Africa, from 1927 until his death. He investigated and reported on Liberian government complicity in the forced labor of Liberian men and died in Monrovia of yellow fever on July 15, 1929.

Eugene Uphoff

Eugene Uphoff, one of the Freedom Riders from Minnesota, photographed after his arrest by the Jackson Police Department in Jackson, Mississippi on July 11, 1961.

Freedom Rider Robert Baum photographed after his arrest by the Jackson Police Department in Jackson, Mississippi on July 11, 1961.

Robert Baum

Freedom Rider Robert Baum photographed after his arrest by the Jackson Police Department in Jackson, Mississippi on July 11, 1961.

Freedom Rider Marvin Davidoff photographed after his arrest by the Jackson Police Department in Jackson, Mississippi on July 11, 1961.

Marvin Davidoff

Freedom Rider Marvin Davidoff photographed after his arrest by the Jackson Police Department in Jackson, Mississippi on July 11, 1961.

Freedom Rider David Morton photographed after his arrest by the Jackson Police Department in Jackson, Mississippi on July 11, 1961.

David Morton

Freedom Rider David Morton photographed after his arrest by the Jackson Police Department in Jackson, Mississippi on July 11, 1961.

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