South Side African-American Neighborhood

Tour curated by: Deebaa Sirdar and Chip Gehring; Edited by Richard L. Kronick

Buildings in this tour are important to the history of the South Minneapolis African-American neighborhood whose center is the corner of E. 38th St. and 4th Ave. So.

We will be adding more buildings soon -- stay tuned.

Locations for Tour

Hosmer Library was built in 1913 during a period of rapid immigration into Minneapolis. The library was used often by students from Central High School, one block away, which opened in 1916. (Central High was closed and mostly demolished in 1982;…

Beginning with the New Deal in the Great Depression, the Federal Housing Administration and the Veterans Administration encouraged redlining and racial/ethnic covenants to enforce housing segregation. In Minneapolis, with cooperation among realtors,…