Color image of Hmong graves at Oakland Cemetery, St. Paul

Hmong graves at Oakland Cemetery, St. Paul

Panoramic view of a section of St. Paul’s Oakland Cemetery featuring the black granite style of tombstone popular with many Hmong families. Photographed by Paul Nelson on April 25, 2014.

Color image of Oakland Cemetery, St. Paul

Oakland Cemetery, St. Paul

A panoramic view of St. Paul’s Oakland Cemetery. Photographed by Paul Nelson on April 25, 2014.

Image of Soldiers’ Rest plot at Oakland Cemetery, 2014.

Soldiers’ Rest

A panoramic view of Soldiers’ Rest, a section of St. Paul’s Oakland Cemetery known for its monuments to members of the military. Photographed by Paul Nelson on April 25, 2014.

Color image of Thomas Lyles monument, 2014.

Thomas Lyles monument

The tombstone of African American businessman Thomas Lyles in St. Paul’s Oakland Cemetery. Photographed by Paul Nelson on April 25, 2014.

Color image of Norman Kittson monument, 2014.

Norman Kittson monument

The tombstone of fur trader and entrepreneur Norman Kittson in St. Paul’s Oakland Cemetery. Photographed by Paul Nelson on April 20, 2014.

Color image of the Description: interior of B’nai Israel Synagogue and Dan Abraham Cultural Center, c.2013.

Interior of B’nai Israel Synagogue

Interior of B’nai Israel Synagogue and Dan Abraham Cultural Center, c.2008.

Color image of the Front of B’nai Israel Synagogue and Dan Abraham Cultural Center, c.2013.

Front of B’nai Israel Synagogue

Front of B’nai Israel Synagogue and Dan Abraham Cultural Center, c.2008.

Color image of B’nai Israel Synagogue and Dan Abraham Cultural Center, c.2013.

B’nai Israel Synagogue

B’nai Israel Synagogue and Dan Abraham Cultural Center, c.2008.

B’nai Israel Synagogue, Rochester

Small Jewish communities arose at the turn of the twentieth century in several southern Minnesota market towns. In each, Jews gathered for religious purposes. But it was only in Rochester that a formal synagogue, B’nai Israel, was established. The founding of Mayo Clinic in 1905 created a need for a local congregation that could serve Jewish patients. After almost a century of holding worship services in former residences, B’nai Israel built its first synagogue building in 2008.

Color photograph of Jane Smith Williamson’s gravestone at the Greenwood, South Dakota Cemetery.

Jane Smith Williamson’s gravestone at the Greenwood, South Dakota Cemetery

Jane Williamson’s tombstone in the cemetery on the former Yankton Reservation in Greenwood, South Dakota bears a Daughters of the American Revolution marker identifying her as a descendant of a Revolutionary War veteran. Photograph by Lois Glewwe.

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