Brown Berets march in step

Brown Berets march in step

Brown Berets march in step, May 1, 1970. Place unidentified. Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Patricia Borjon Lopez. CC BY-SA 4.0

Brown Berets marching in St. Paul’s Mexican Celebration Parade

Brown Berets marching in St. Paul’s Mexican Celebration Parade

Brown Berets marching in St. Paul’s Mexican Celebration Parade, September 15, 1972.

Brown Berets marching in St. Paul’s Mexican Celebration Parade

Brown Berets marching in St. Paul’s Mexican Celebration Parade

Brown Berets marching in St. Paul’s Mexican Celebration Parade, September 15, 1972.

Tom Aquilar

Tom Aquilar

Tom Aquilar in his Brown Beret uniform, ca. 1972.

Brown Berets in Minnesota

The Brown Berets in Minnesota were a chapter of a national Chicano organization founded in Los Angeles in 1968. They emerged from the Mexican American barrio of Westside St. Paul and came together in 1969. Members took pride in their ethnic and racial identities as “Chicanos” while focusing on outreach to prevent Mexican American youth from engaging in criminalized activities.

Sarah Burger Stearns

Sarah Burger Stearns

Sarah Burger Stearns in Duluth, 1895.

Sarah Burger Stearns

Sarah Burger Stearns

Engraving of Sarah Burger Stearns, undated. From History of Woman Suffrage, Ida Husted Harper et al., eds (Rochester, NY: Susan B. Anthony, 1889).

Sarah Burger Stearns

Sarah Burger Stearns

Sarah Burger Stearns in Duluth, 1880.

Stearns, Sarah Burger (1836–1904)

Sarah Burger Stearns was a committed reformer dedicated to the cause of women’s rights. She founded one of Minnesota’s first suffrage organizations, the Rochester Woman Suffrage Association, in her home city of Rochester. In 1881, she was elected the first president of the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association (MWSA). Although she resigned in 1883 due to ill health, Stearns stayed involved in the suffrage cause throughout the 1880s and into the 1890s.

 Day dress owned by Mabeth Hurd Page

Day dress owned by Mabeth Hurd Page

Off-white rayon day dress worn by Mabeth Hurd Paige of Minneapolis, ca. 1930s.

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