MN90: Mr. Cool

In this segment of MN90: Minnesota History in 90 Seconds, Britt Aamodt looks at Frederick McKinley Jones, the inventor of the refrigerated truck.

MN90: Eliza Winston's Case for Freedom

Britt Aamodt tells the story of Eliza Winston and her suit for freedom in Minnesota.

MN90: Toni Stone: A League of Her Own

Britt Aamodt tells the story of Toni Stone, the first woman to play professional baseball (on a men's team).

Stormé DeLarverie with other drag performers

Stormé DeLarverie with other drag performers

Stormé DeLarverie (center), a Black drag performer, and three other drag performers at Roberts Show Club, Chicago, 1958.

Karyl Norman

Karyl Norman

Painting of vaudeville performer and drag artist Karyl Norman (“The Creole Fashion Plate”), who performed in Minnesota in the 1920s. Photograph by James Hargis Connelly. Reproduced from National Vaudeville Souvenir Artists. (New York: Vaudeville Managers Protective Association, 1923). Public domain.

Cecil Newman and his family with Minnesota Governor Karl Rolvaag

Cecil Newman and his family with Minnesota Governor Karl Rolvaag

Cecil Newman (far right) and members of his family with Karl Rolvaag (back row, second from left). The picture was taken by Earl McGee and probably dates to Rolvaag’s term of office as the thirty-first governor of Minnesota (1963–1967).

Harold W. Greenwood and Cecil Newman

Harold W. Greenwood and Cecil Newman

Harold W. Greenwood (left) and Cecil Newman (right). Photograph by Norton & Peel, ca. 1960.

Cecil Newman at his desk

Cecil Newman at his desk

Cecil Newman at his desk in his office, ca. 1950s. Photograph by the Minneapolis Tribune.

Cecil Newman

Cecil Newman

Cecil Newman, ca. 1965. Photograph by Rohn Engh.

Newman, Cecil (1903–1976)

Cecil Newman was a pioneering newspaper publisher and an influential leader in Minnesota. His newspapers, the Minneapolis Spokesman and the St. Paul Recorder, provided news and information to readers while advancing civil rights, fair employment, political engagement, and Black pride.

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