Yee Sing Woo standing in front of Yee Sing Laundry, 1319 Nicollet, Minneapolis

Yee Sing Woo standing in front of Yee Sing Laundry, 1319 Nicollet, Minneapolis

Yee Sing Woo, husband of Liang May Seen, standing in front of Yee Sing Laundry, 1319 Nicollet, Minneapolis, c.1895.

Mr. and Mrs. Yee Sing Woo. Wedding portrait.

Mr. and Mrs. Yee Sing Woo. Wedding portrait.

Mr. and Mrs. Yee Sing Woo. Wedding portrait. Photograph by George M. Dempsie, c.1893.

Mr. and Mrs. Yee Sing Woo while on their honeymoon at the Columbia Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.

Mr. and Mrs. Yee Sing Woo while on their honeymoon at the Columbia Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.

r. and Mrs. Yee Sing Woo while on their honeymoon at the Columbia Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. 1893.

Liang May Seen Woo with her son Howard.

Liang May Seen Woo with her son Howard.

Liang May Seen Woo with her son Howard. Photograph by George M. Dempsie, c.1910.

Liang May Seen (c.1871–1946)

Liang May Seen was the first woman of Chinese descent to live in Minnesota. After escaping from a brothel in San Francisco, Liang learned English, married, and moved to Minneapolis, where she was a leader in the Chinese immigrant community until her death in 1946.

Cooke, Marvel Jackson (1901–2000)

Marvel Cooke was a pioneering African American female journalist and political activist. Cooke's groundbreaking career was spent in a world where she was often the only female African American. Talking about her work for the white-owned newspaper the Compass, she told biographer Kay Mills in 1988, ''there were no black workers there and no women."

Sylvanus B. Lowry. Fur trader from Watab who was a member of the Territorial Council from 1852-1853 and a state legislator in 1862.

Sylvanus B. Lowry. Fur trader from Watab who was a member of the Territorial Council from 1852-1853 and a state legislator in 1862.

Sylvanus Lowry, politician and supporter of slavery who fought against Swisshelm in St. Cloud.

Office and home of Jane Swisshelm, St. Cloud.

Office and home of Jane Swisshelm, St. Cloud.

Swisshelm's office and home in St. Cloud, also approximately 1860.

Mrs. Jane Grey Cannon Swisshelm

Mrs. Jane Grey Cannon Swisshelm

Jane Grey Swisshelm, c.1860.

Swisshelm, Jane Grey (1815–1884)

Jane Grey Swisshelm only lived in Minnesota for six years, but during that time she left a lasting mark on the state. While in St. Cloud, she founded a newspaper which she used to advocate for women's rights, argue for the abolition of slavery, build up the Republican Party, challenge the authority of the Democratic machine there, and promote violence against the Dakota.

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